NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urges Russia to immediately stop the build-up of forces at the border with Ukraine and occupied territories. He made such a statement in Brussels at the end of the meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission. It took place at the request of the Ukrainian side due to the enhancing of Russia’s military presence at the border with Ukraine as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
“We are deeply concerned about continuing development of the events and NATO follows closely the situation. In recent weeks Russia has moved thousands of combat-ready troops to Ukraine's borders, the largest massing of Russian troops since the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014," Stoltenberg said.
He also added that “Russia's military build-up on Ukraine's border is "unjustified, unexplained and deeply concerning".
“Russia must end this military buildup in and around Ukraine, stop its provocations, and de-escalate immediately,” Stoltenberg added.
As we reported, G7 foreign ministers and the High Representative of the European Union called on Russia to stop provocations on the border with Ukraine and stated that large-scale troop movements, without prior notification, represent threatening and destabilizing activities.
On April 7, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov stated that it only depends only on Russian President Vladimir Putin whether there would be an escalation in Donbas. Commenting on the statement of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak about Russia's withdrawal of troops to the borders of Ukraine, Danilov stated that the Russian Federation did not withdraw its troops from the borders: