Pentagon sees no reduction in number of Russian troops near Ukrainian borders - Kirby

Source : 112 Ukraine

Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby suggested that Russia should start de-escalation around Ukraine by reducing its military contingent near the Ukrainian borders
13:23, 11 January 2022

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby
ABC News

The US Department of Defense has not yet noticed that Russia is withdrawing its armed forces from the borders of Ukraine as Voice of America reported citing Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby.

"We don't see any serious changes in the deployment of Russian forces in the border areas around Ukraine. There is still a significant contingent there ... If Russia is serious about de-escalation, it can start by withdrawing some of those troops," Kirby said.

Related: Russia assures US it has no plans to attack Ukraine, - Ryabkov

He added that so far the US Defense Department has not observed any reduction of Russian troops near Ukraine.

We remind that Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Olha Stefanyshyna said during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels that the discussion of security guarantees should begin with the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine's borders.

Earlier, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia that its attack on Ukraine would come at a high price called for a return to a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

Related: US tacitly approves another $200m in security aid for Ukraine, - CNN

Russia suggested ways for NATO countries to defuse tensions in Europe, which have arisen, among other things, because of Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry urged Washington to join Russia's unilateral moratorium on the deployment of land-based RIACs in Europe and to agree on and introduce the necessary measures to verify compliance with mutual obligations.

In addition, Russia released a list of security proposals that it wished to discuss with Western countries. These included a promise to NATO to abandon all military activity in Eastern Europe and Ukraine.

Soon, State Department Spokesman Ned Price stated that in response to Russian demands for NATO, the United States of America and European allies will prepare their list of concerns.


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