The US warns Europe that Russia may plan an invasion of Ukraine – World – News


The United States warns allies in the European Union that Russia may consider a potential invasion of Ukraine. The American news agency Bloomberg, which referred to its own resources, stated this on Friday night.

These conclusions are based on information that the US has not yet shared with European governments, which would have to happen before any decision is taken on a collective response, according to sources familiar with the US administration’s considerations.

The report comes at a time of tense between Moscow and the Euroblock over the migration crisis on the Belarusian border and the supply of energy carriers to Europe.

Russia claims that the transfer of troops and military equipment on its territory is its internal affair and denies any aggressive intentions. Moscow, on the other hand, accused the United States of provocation when US warships in the Black Sea sailed near Russian territory this week.

Similar tensions erupted in the spring of this year, when the US and the North Atlantic Alliance accused Russia of moving up to 100,000 troops, tanks and fighters to the border with Ukraine.

The crisis eased after US President Joe Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin and proposed a joint meeting in Geneva in June.

The recent relocation of Russian troops and tanks to Ukraine has led US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William Burns to visit Moscow this month, where he also had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also spoke to the Kremlin chief on Wednesday, asking him to use her influence on Russia’s ally, Belarus, to work to alleviate the crisis over thousands of migrants from the Middle East trying to cross Poland’s borders and beyond. countries in the eastern part of the EU. Putin refused such an intervention, Bloomberg added.

According to Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who told him “at least some new information” that raised Washington’s concerns, Bloomberg said.

“What we’ve heard and seen in Washington today is in line with our own findings and analysis, adding some new elements that allow us to get a better and more comprehensive picture,” Kuleba said.

Bloomberg said in a report that White House officials had not yet responded to a request for comment on the alleged threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

At the same time, Russian sources state that Moscow now does not intend to start a war with Ukraine, although it wants to demonstrate its readiness to use force if necessary. The offensive alone is unlikely, as Russian troops would face public opposition in Kiev and other cities, Russian sources say.

The United States’ warning about Ukraine comes at a time between a dispute between Poland and Belarus, a close Russian ally, and is taking place amid uncertainty over gas supplies from Russia to Europe.

As the West prepares new sanctions against Belarus for what the EU sees as a contrived migration crisis, President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to shut down the key Yamal-Europe pipeline carrying Russian gas to the EU on Thursday. According to Lukashenko, he would do so if Poland closed its border with Belarus.

“I would recommend to the Polish leadership, the Lithuanians and other people with hollow heads to think before they say anything,” Lukashenko emphasized, warning of the shutdown of the pipeline.

The situation in Belarus is a “potential front line” and should not be underestimated, Ukrainian Minister Kuleba warned during his visit to Washington.

His US ministerial partner Antony Blinken admitted that it is not clear to the United States what Moscow’s intentions are towards Ukraine. On behalf of the United States, however, he expressed concern that Russia might try to “repeat what happened in 2014” when it added a Crimean peninsula and the city of Sevastopol to its territory in a disputed referendum, while supporting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.


Source: Pravda – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.

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