Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said that Pentagon is monitoring Russian military activity near Ukraine. The representative of the United States Department of Defense stated this during a briefing on Monday, November 1, as the Pentagon press service reported.
"What I can tell you is that we're aware of public reports of unusual Russian military activity near Ukraine, and we're going to continue to consult with allies and partners on this issue. I can't speak for Russian intentions, but we are certainly monitoring the region closely, as we always do, Sylvie. And as we've said before, any escalatory or aggressive actions would be of great concern to the United States," Kirby noted.
At the same time, he said that the United States continued to support de-escalation in the region and a diplomatic resolution to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
He added that the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin raised this issue during his recent visit to Ukraine.
Earlier, on October 19 US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visited Ukraine.
President Zelensky and Austin discussed further cooperation in defense and security. Zelensky and Austin talked through security situations in Donbas and in Ukraine's waters in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. The Ukrainian leader marked that his state is trying to activate all negotiation formats to achieve peace in Donbas, and to restore Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The interlocutors also brought up the matters of Ukraine-NATO cooperation and further U.S. support of Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
During the meeting, the officials also discussed the issue of energy safety in Ukraine and Europe.
The U.S. Secretary of Defense confirmed that his government decisively supports Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity in its internationally recognized borders.