The United States, Bloomberg reports, are sounding the alarm to the allies of theEuropean Union on the fact that the Russia could assess a potential invasion of Ukraine as tensions between Moscow and the European bloc are very high over migrants and energy supplies.
With Washington closely monitoring a buildup of Russian forces near the Ukrainian border, US officials have briefed EU counterparts about their concerns about a possible military operation, according to several people familiar with the matter.
The assessments are believed to be based on information the US has not yet shared with European governments, which should be before any decision on a collective response is made, the sources said.
Russia claims that military deployments on its territory are an internal matter and denies any aggressive intent.
Similar tensions erupted in the spring, when the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization accused Russia of amassing up to 100,000 troops, tanks and warplanes near the Ukrainian border. The crisis eased after US President Joe Biden called the Russian president Vladimir Putin and proposed a summit that took place in June.
Russia’s latest movement of troops and tanks to Ukraine prompted CIA Director Bill Burns to visit Moscow this month, where he spoke to Putin on the phone. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel he also asked Putin in a call on Wednesday to use his influence with Russia’s ally Belarus to defuse the crisis on the thousands of Middle Eastern migrants trying to cross the Polish border into the EU. Putin refused.
Merkel and Putin spoke again today about Ukraine and Belarus, the Kremlin said in a statement. The Russian leader criticized Ukraine’s alleged use of combat drones in violation of a previous agreement on US military activity in the Black Sea, according to the statement.
The US warning about Ukraine adds to the more recent standoff between Poland and Belarus, a close ally of Russia. And it occurs as uncertainty continues over the increase in Russian gas supplies to Europe, despite Putin’s pledge to increase deliveries this week to alleviate the energy crisis.
Finally, US officials report, the issue of Ukraine was also addressed in today’s talks in Paris between the vice president of the United States Kamala Harris and the French president Emmanuel Macron.
(with source Askanews)
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