The EU and NATO on Monday (November 15th) expressed concern over Russia’s increased military presence in and around Ukraine, as escalating migration from the EU’s border with Belarus prompted NATO to take Kiev’s warnings seriously.
During a meeting between the foreign ministers of the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries and representatives in Brussels, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba warned of Russia’s increased military presence in annexed Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine. torn by war.
Last week, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said about 90,000 Russian soldiers were “near the border and in the temporarily occupied territories,” as well as in the Black Sea, according to Reuters.
The Ukrainian diplomat said that “this military strengthening should not be seen in isolation from other crises and tensions that are emerging in Europe.”
In addition to the crisis with Belarus, Kuleba stressed that rising energy prices and disinformation campaigns “are part of Russia’s broader strategy to break Europe.”
The Ukrainian government sees a parallel with the situation in 2014, when Russia invaded eastern Ukraine and annexed Crimea. “What we see along our border is a sophisticated military infrastructure created during the spring escalation, which is ready to be used for offensive operations against Ukraine,” Kuleba said.
As a complement, speaking to the BBC, Lithuania’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mantas Adomenas also said that when Putin has problems at home, he organizes international tensions to divert citizens’ attention. Russia’s problems are innumerable, from the economic crisis to the health crisis, which never ends, especially, said Mantas Adomenas, with “thousands of soldiers” dying of Covid, because the government refuses to recognize the seriousness of the problem and to introduce the necessary quarantine measures, which against the background of the economic crisis would prove very unpopular.
The Lithuanian minister did not rule out an Anschluss in Ukraine, with Russia annexing other territories, Anschluss being the name of Hitler’s annexation of Austria by Germany.
Vladimir Putin, more concerned with the Black Sea
But the Kremlin leader seems more concerned about what’s happening in the Black Sea. In a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Monday, the Kremlin leader described as a “challenge” the military exercises carried out by the USA and NATO in the Black Sea.
The Russian president refers to the participation of several American military ships in exercises in the Black Sea. Moscow said last week that it was “monitoring” these activities, which Putin described as a “serious challenge.”
The United States is preparing a strategy to defend the region
The US administration is currently preparing a security strategy for the Black Sea, and Romania wants to participate in the elaboration of this strategy, Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu told Digi24. Among other things, Romania would like the United States to send more troops to the region, but this requires adequate infrastructure.
The US could financially support the construction of a railway linking the port of Gdansk in Poland to the port of Constanta, as well as a road connection linking the north to the south of the region, so that troops and equipment can be transported, if necessary, more easily. showed Bogdan Aurescu.
“We have, in fact, discussed the security situation at the Black Sea, and during our visit to Washington last week, we have also discussed these issues with Secretary of State Blinken, including in the context in which the US administration is currently preparing. a security strategy on the Black Sea, and Romania wants to participate in the elaboration of this strategy.
In fact, on that occasion we also discussed a set of preliminary proposals from Romania for a comprehensive approach to what can be built within this strategy, which must also take into account the provision of concrete resources, so as not to remain only a theoretical exercise “, underlined the minister Bogdan Aurescu in an interview given to Digi24.
“Regarding NATO and the eastern flank, it is clear that in the next period, in preparation for next year’s NATO summit, a strengthening, a consolidation of the position of deterrence and defense on the eastern flank is necessary,” the Romanian diplomat said.
The US dilemma in the face of Russia: how do you combine firmness with the need to cooperate?
US political observers are watching with concern the new massacres of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine, while officials in Washington warn Vladimir Putin not to try a new attack.
However, analysts believe that the Kremlin leader is trying to speculate on the confrontation between Belarus and Europe’s neighbors and create even more chaos in the region to give the impression that the NATO alliance is weakened.
It is not the first time that Russia makes such maneuvers on the border with Ukraine, the most recent happened in the spring, the forces being later withdrawn, notes free Europe.
These developments sometimes draw criticism in some circles regarding Biden’s approach to Russia as too weak and hesitant.
Both the president and important advisers – such as Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Victoria Nuland – are looking with great distrust at Putin and not since yesterday, calling for tougher retaliation. According to media sources, senior national security adviser Jake Sullivan, his deputy Jon Finer and the US special envoy for combating climate change, John Kerry recommends more caution in relations with Russia.
Their position is linked to the idea that Washington needs to cooperate with Moscow on certain issues, including climate change and arms control.
Other sources claim that the differences in administration would not be as great as expected and that they would dissipate if Putin tries to intervene in Ukraine.
Some voices say that the actions of the Russian president require a more determined response, with options including sanctions that would further affect circles close to Putin and himself and additional military support for Ukraine.
A demonstration of solidarity with NATO members who are suffering from Lukashenko’s challenges is also recommended.
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