Tuesday, 21 September, 2021


Russian Federation calls USA an adversary, warns its warships to avoid Crimea

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Noah Ferguson | 13 April, 2021, 20:07

The West is sounding the alarm over what it says is a large unexplained build-up of Russian forces close to Ukraine's eastern border and in Crimea, which NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday called on Moscow to unwind.

The troop build-up comes amid a spike in violence along the front line between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces in the east of the country.

A nervous government in Kiev says Russian Federation has more than 40,000 troops deployed on Ukraine's eastern border and more than 40,000 troops in Crimea, which Moscow annexed in a surprise 2014 operation.

Recalling our last statement of 18 March, we reaffirm our unwavering support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders.

The State Department says Blinken will have meetings in the Belgian capital on Tuesday and be met there by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for additional consultations on Wednesday.

"We warn the United States that it will be better for them to stay far away from Crimea and our Black Sea coast".

US military support to Kyiv was a serious challenge for Russian Federation, he added, accusing Washington and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation of turning Ukraine into a "powder keg" with increasing arms supplies.

"I have to tell you I have real concerns about Russia's actions on the borders of Ukraine", Blinken told NBC's "Meet the Press".

"Any threat to us merely confirms our belief that our course is the right one", Ryabkov was quoted as saying, warning USA warships in the Black Sea to keep their distance, given what he said was the high risk of unspecified incidents.

Blinken's schedule Tuesday includes talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

Kuleba said Ukraine "does not want war" and is "devoted to diplomatic and political means of settling the conflict". "Russia must end this military buildup in and around Ukraine, stop its provocations and deescalate immediately".

Russian Federation denies Western claims that it has sent troops into eastern Ukraine to help the rebels, but officials say the army could intervene if Ukraine tries to retake the area by force.

Ukraine has said Russian Federation has accumulated 41,000 troops at its border with eastern Ukraine and 42,000 more in Crimea.

The G7 foreign ministers issued their joint appeal on the eve of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels over concerns that the years-long conflict in eastern Ukraine could escalate sharply.

Kuleba called for further economic sanctions on Russian Federation and more military support for Ukraine.

Another major topic of discussion will be the situation in Afghanistan just weeks before a May 1 deadline set an agreement between the administration of former U.S. President Donald Trump and the Taliban for the withdrawal of the remaining 2,500 U.S. forces from the country.

Crimea is still recognized as part of Ukraine by the United Nations, and Kiev vows to one day win it back.

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