December 2, 2021

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The United States is concerned about Russian military activity on the border with Ukraine

Putin on Thursday accused the West of “escalating” the conflict in Ukraine by organizing military exercises in the Black Sea and bomber flights along the Russian border.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Saturday that his country has “real concerns” about Russian military activity on the border with Ukraine. This was reported by Agence France-Presse.

“We have real concerns about the unusual Russian military activity on the border with Ukraine. We have real concerns about some of the rhetoric that we have seen and heard from Russia as well as on social media,” Blinken told reporters during his visit to Senegal.

Blinken said US allies “largely share” those concerns, but declined to say whether US intelligence services believed Russian President Vladimir Putin intended to take over Ukraine.

“We don’t know what President Putin’s intentions are. But we know what happened in the past. We know the instructions to try to provoke some fake provocation from Ukraine or any other country and use it as an excuse for what Russia is planning to do all the time,” Blinken said.

According to AFP, Blinkin was thinking about the crisis that erupted in 2014, after the fall of the Ukrainian government, which resisted moving to the West, Russia occupied Ukraine’s Crimea and backed separatists leading the conflict in the predominantly Russian-speaking region. Eastern Ukraine.

Putin on Thursday accused the West of “escalating” the conflict in Ukraine by organizing military exercises in the Black Sea and bomber flights along the Russian border. “We don’t need conflicts,” Putin said. He reiterated that in the recent past, Russia’s relations “with Western partners, including the United States, were unique, and the level of relations was almost allied”, but that Russia’s concerns and warnings about NATO’s eastward expansion were “completely ignored”. Now, according to Putin, it can be seen that the military infrastructure of NATO is already close to the borders of Russia.

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