Russia calls Ukraine’s NATO membership its “red lines”.In Ukraine they say that they are ready to join NATO / photo from UNIAN, Andriy Krymsky
Senior officials from the United States Department of State told Kiev that Ukraine’s NATO membership is unlikely in the next 10 years.
This is reported by AP with reference to an interlocutor familiar with the negotiations.
At the same time, the agency notes, Biden, in talks with Putin on December 7, refused to abide by the “red lines” established by the Kremlin regarding Ukraine’s possible membership in the military alliance.
On November 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin, commenting on information about Russia’s preparations for a full-scale attack on Ukraine, said that the “red line” for Russia would be the creation of threats to its security.
Putin referred to NATO and Ukraine military exercises in the Black Sea, allegedly worrying that the bombers might carry nuclear weapons.
“You asked about Ukraine, where are these red lines? They are primarily in creating threats to us that may come from this territory,” Putin replied.
Even during the April aggravation on the Russian-Ukrainian border, the Speaker of the Head of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov clarified what these “red lines” are: “These are the interests of our external and internal security. This is the prevention of an offensive conversation with our country, the prevention of infringement of economic interests in relation to our country. “.
A new escalation on the border is possible: what is known
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Washington Post, referring to the statements of its anonymous sources, wrote that Russia has resumed its military build-up on the border with Ukraine. In addition, videos with echelons of military equipment, in particular tanks and missiles, which are being transported to the southern and western regions of Russia, began to appear on social networks. According to the newspaper, the US and Europe drew attention to this after the completion of the Russian-Belarusian military exercises “West-2021”.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine then denied the information spread by The Washington Post about the buildup of military forces by Russia near the Ukrainian border. The data on the movement of Russian troops published in the media were called by the Ministry of Defense “an element of special information and psychological actions, which are, in fact, planned measures within the framework of the movement of troops after the completion of the exercises.”
Later, Politico published fresh satellite photos that confirm reports that Russia is again concentrating troops and military equipment on the border with Ukraine.
Subsequently, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov, in an interview with the Military Times, said that Russia had concentrated 92 thousand troops near the border with Ukraine and was preparing to invade in late January – early February 2022.
Recently, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba announced that Russia has deployed 115,000 troops near Ukraine’s borders .
According to the Financial Times, Western intelligence assumes a “high likelihood of destabilization” of Ukraine by Russia this winter.
Moscow denies accusations of preparing an attack on Ukraine and, conversely, points to the intensification of NATO forces near the Russian borders.
At a press conference on November 26, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed the opinion that an escalation on the part of Russia on the border by the militants it supports in Donbas could happen any day.