US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated on Saturday that the USA is “seriously concerned” by Russia’s actions and statements towards Ukraine where tensions are rising, reports AFP and Reuters, Agerpres reports.
“We have serious concerns about Russia’s unusual military activities on the border with Ukraine. We are indeed concerned about certain rhetoric we have seen and heard both in Russia and on social networks,” Blinken told reporters. press in Dakar, where he performs the last stage of his African tour. He said the concerns were “widely shared” by US allies, but did not answer whether US intelligence estimated that Russian President Vladimir Putin would like to seize Ukrainian territory. “We do not know what President Putin’s intentions are. But we know what has happened in the past. We know the strategy of citing illusory challenges in Ukraine or any other country and using them as an excuse for Russia’s plans,” Blinken said.
He referred to the crisis in Ukraine in 2014 after the overthrow of the pro-Ukrainian government. In the same year, Moscow annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in response to the pro-Western revolution.
The Donbas region of eastern Ukraine has been the scene of a 2014 war that has left more than 13,000 dead between Kiev forces and pro-Russian separatists, whose instigator is considered the Kremlin despite its denials.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused Western countries of instigating growing tensions at Ukraine’s eastern borders and the Black Sea. He also accused Western bombers of approaching 20 km from Russia’s border.
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