US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed the situation near the Russian-Ukrainian border over the phone, the press service head of Ned Price's U.S. Department of State reports on Sunday, November 14.
It clarifies that the conversation between Blinken and Le Drian took place on Saturday.
"Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke yesterday with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to discuss reports of concerning Russian military activity in and near Ukraine and their continued ironclad commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity," the message reads.
The politicians also discussed joint efforts to resolve Iran's nuclear program.
As it was reported earlier, satellite photos taken by Western experts on Monday confirmed reports that Russia is again concentrating troops and military hardware on the border with Ukraine. The images were taken by Colorado-based US space technology company Maxar Technologies, which handed them over to Politico.
Later Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Secretary Oleksiy Danilov, in his turn, called this information “deliberate disinformation”.
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said that Pentagon is monitoring Russian military activity near Ukraine.
On November 8 Bloomberg reported with reference to the Janes company report that Russia is moving tanks to the Ukrainian border. This time, observers noticed a battalion of T80-U tanks in the Voronezh region.