There are elements that lead us to believe that it is something serious

There are elements that lead us to believe that it is something serious, said NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana on Sunday, on Antena 3, in the context of the mobilization of Russian military forces on the border with Ukraine.

“We had in June, this year, a mobilization that may be similar in number of troops,” said Mircea Geoana. “But we have elements that I cannot communicate publicly, because they are more sensitive, which make us believe that this time it is something maybe even more serious. I say maybe because today there is no clear indication of the real intention that the Russian Federation, President Putin, which makes the decision in the last resort, would have in mind. It could be a way to put massive pressure on Ukraine and indirectly on the West, it could be a hybrid formula, it could be what we saw in 2014, a military incursion of greater or lesser magnitude into sovereign territory. of a state ”.

NATO’s message to the Russian Federation is de-escalation, transparency and a return to dialogue, said Geoana, who said that Russia refuses dialogue, citing the example of the four invitations he made and which were not accepted by the Russian side.

Mircea Geoana says that Russia could pay, in case of aggression, an economic and financial price and not a military one.

NATO Deputy Secretary-General recalled the telephone conversation that US President Joe Bien will have with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday on Russian military activities on the border with Ukraine. Other topics are strategic stability, cyber and regional issues. There is a constant confrontation in cyberspace, says Geoana, attacks, some of which are carried out by some states, others by tolerated groups in Russia.

In this context, Mircea Geoana stated that the Deveselu air shield is a purely defensive structure, and that Russia, which claims to be threatened by missiles in Romania, has deployed state-of-the-art missile systems from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea.

More than 94,000 Russian soldiers are believed to be massacred near Ukraine’s borders. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Friday that Moscow could plan a large-scale military offensive in late January, citing intelligence reports. US officials have reached similar conclusions.

The US president recently said that he and his advisers were preparing a comprehensive set of initiatives to discourage Putin from invading. He did not provide further details, but the administration discussed the partnership with European allies to impose more sanctions on Russia.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Stockholm earlier this week that the United States and its European allies would impose “severe costs and consequences on Russia if it takes further aggressive action against Ukraine.”

(source: AFP)

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