Russia’s claim that it is withdrawing its forces along its border with Ukraine is false. According to a senior White House official. Russia is said to have amassed “up to 7,000 additional troops” on the border with Ukraine.
And the Russian authorities said, on Wednesday, that they are withdrawing their forces from the border. They published pictures showing tanks and other military vehicles leaving. This has already led to skeptical reactions internationally. “All the intelligence we have shows that they are making false claims about de-escalation while secretly mobilizing for war,” the official told CNN. Russia says it wants to find a diplomatic solution, but the measures show otherwise. We hope that the country will change direction before it starts a disastrous and devastating war.”
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken previously stated that there is “a difference between what Russia says and what it does”. US President Joe Biden also said on Wednesday that there was no indication that Russia would withdraw. NATO and Germany also said on Wednesday that they had no sign of withdrawing. “It seems correct that Russia continues to build up its military,” said NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg.
Earlier this week, the US government estimated that about 150,000 Russian troops are standing alert in the region around Ukraine and Belarus. According to new estimates, there are approximately 160,000.
According to the anonymous official, Russia could launch an operation “at any time”, such as a “provocation” in the Donbass region or a false “raid” on Russian territory.
US Vice President Kamala Harris will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday. According to the White House, this is happening around the Security Conference in Munich, where all the G7 foreign ministers attend. They will discuss the crisis surrounding Ukraine from Friday to Sunday.
Earlier this week, Zelensky invited US President Joe Biden to visit Ukraine. According to the head of the Ukrainian government, this would be a “strong signal”. contribute to de-escalation.
The G7 countries are Germany, Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan and the United States. The European Union also joins but is not officially a member. It is likely that no one will be present at the meeting on behalf of Russia.
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