"No, we never planned and we never will," he said.
The diplomat assured that the position will not change "unless we are provoked by Ukraine or by somebody else, and there will be the issue of defending our national sovereignty, because there are a lot of threats coming from Ukraine."
As it was reported, on November 11, the USA has warned its European partners about a possible Russian military operation against Ukraine.
According to the agency, Washington's assessments are based on information that the American side has not yet shared with the EU. Officials familiar with the White House say this information is backed up by publicly available evidence.
Satellite photos taken by Western experts 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”.
Bloomberg has published 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.