At the moment, Russia has concentrated more troops in occupied territories on the border with Ukraine than it was initially during the recent escalation, which forces the alliance to closely monitor the situation. This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, as Interfax reported.
“We have seen a slight decrease in the concentration of Russian units, but tens of thousands of them remain. We also see that Russia has left a lot of weapons, and pre-deployed equipment. They also imposed restrictions in the Black Sea, including limited access to the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait. Therefore, NATO must remain vigilant and closely monitor the developments. There is a significant Russian presence, there are more Russian units in and around Ukraine than before the recent increase in tensions,” Stoltenberg said.
The Secretary General of the Alliance noted that the issue of “aggressive Russian behavior, ranging from dangerous espionage operations in Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, as well as a significant increase in the military presence in and around Ukraine” will be discussed at a meeting of defense ministers of the EU member states.
Earlier, the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that significant Russian forces remained near the border with Ukraine, so the United States continues to monitor the situation.