US is ready to support NATO's eastern flank countries in response to Russian threat – Sullivan

Source : 112 Ukraine

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan reaffirms US support for Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
10:31, 28 December 2021

Biden's National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan discussed the situation around Ukraine with the Director of the National Security Bureau of Poland Paweł Soloch and the head of the International Policy Bureau of the Office of the President of Poland Jakub Kumoch over the phone as the White House reported.

“They exchanged views on Russia’s military build-up near Ukraine’s border and affirmed the importance of Allied unity in diplomatic and deterrence efforts. Mr. Sullivan reiterated U.S. support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Article 5 and underscored the United States’ readiness to support our Eastern Flank Allies as they defend their countries,” the message says.

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Sullivan also conveyed to his Polish counterparts President Biden's gratitude for Polish President Duda's veto on the controversial amendment to the media law. According to the adviser to the head of the White House, this decision was a positive signal shortly before Poland takes over the presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on January 1.

On December 25, more than 10,000 Russian troops were returning to their permanent bases after month-long drills near Ukraine.

Related: Russia faces unprecedented sanctions in case of further invasion of Ukraine, - US Vice President

At the same time, Bloomberg reported that Russia keeps on amassing the military forces next to the Ukrainian border. According to this data, in November, the Russian command brought tanks, artillery and anti-aircraft defense units to the regions adjacent to the border with Ukraine.

On December 23, the U.S. government sent a message to Russia that if it doesn't change its attitude towards Ukraine, Washington and its NATO allies may take exactly those steps that Russia is worried about - in terms of NATO's close presence in Eastern Europe.


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