There was no “significant withdrawal” of Russian troops, according to Blinken
Washington (CNN) — The United States has not seen “any significant withdrawal” of Russian troops from Border with Ukraine, Despite Moscow’s claims, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Wednesday.
“On the contrary, we continue to see that the forces, especially the forces that will be at the forefront of any renewed aggression against Ukraine, remain on the border, concentrated on the border, “Blinken said on” Good Morning America”.”
Moscow said on Tuesday that some of its forces were moving away from the Ukrainian border, but U.S. and Western officials said they would welcome the decision but had not yet seen it happen. U.S. officials say Russia still has the ability to invade its neighbor at any time, even this particular week.
“We have heard signals from Moscow about readiness to continue diplomatic efforts, but so far we have not seen any escalation on the ground. On the contrary, Russia seems to continue its military deployment,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.
US Assistant Secretary of State for political affairs Turia Nuland stressed that her concern ” is that the important forces, those that surround Ukraine in the North, East and South, are already increasing their readiness, so they reserve all options to enter whenever they want.”
Blinken said on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin ” can pull the trigger.”
“I can press him today. I can do it tomorrow. I can do it next week. The forces are there if you want to renew the aggression against…
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