The American outlet, The Wall Street Journal, reported that the US is studying measures to counter “Russia’s actions against Ukraine” and, as an option, is considering reducing the number of military exercises in Europe to reduce the risk of confrontation with Russia.
The administration of Joe Biden plans to use the upcoming meeting of NATO foreign ministers to focus on how the alliance should respond to “Russia’s military pressure on Ukraine”, as The Wall Street Journal writes. It is noted that preparations for the upcoming meeting “are taking place against the background of debates in the ranks of the alliance about what measures can be taken against possible Russian aggression since Moscow is concentrating troops near Ukraine.”
Despite such statements, the press secretary of the State Border Service of Ukraine, Andriy Demchenko, noted that there is no activity of Russian troops in the immediate vicinity of the Russian-Ukrainian border.
“The State Border Service is also monitoring the situation that is happening near the border of Ukraine on the territory of Russia. I note that in the immediate vicinity of the Ukrainian border, we do not observe the movement of enemy equipment or manpower,” RBC quotes Demchenko’s words.
Anyway, NATO members are claimed to consider it important to keep political channels open for communication with Russia. The Alliance also reportedly takes into account that the President of Ukraine has announced a possible coup attempt in the country “with the support of Moscow.”
The US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Karen Donfried, said that the US is deeply concerned about “large and unusual” movements of Russian troops near Ukraine, which, as US officials have warned, “could be a prelude to an invasion.” She said that the US is considering a number of options and wants to use the meeting of NATO foreign ministers to discuss how the alliance can act together.
As reported, the options for actions include steps to strengthen Ukraine’s defence capability and the introduction of tougher economic sanctions against Russia. Other options are aimed at reducing the risk of confrontation with Moscow, including limiting US military exercises in Europe, which, according to Russians, are provocative, and suspending military assistance to Ukraine. In addition, Biden’s administration is also considering the possibility of participating in the Minsk process.
At the same time, RIA Novosti reports that Zelensky has registered in the Parliament of Ukraine a bill on the admission of foreign troops to the country in 2022 to participate in exercises, which contradicts the stated intentions to reduce the number of exercises “to reduce the risk of confrontation” with Russia.