The Alliance warns Russia that relations between Ukraine and NATO are a direct affair of Ukraine and all 30 NATO member states, and not the Russian Federation.NATO turned to Russia / photo from UNIAN, Andrey Krymsky
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is calling on the Russian Federation to immediately reduce tensions on the Ukrainian border and to withdraw its troops .
This is stated in the statement of the North Atlantic Council of the Alliance.
“We are seriously concerned about the significant, unprovoked and unjustified Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s borders in recent months, and we reject false Russian allegations of provocations by Ukraine and NATO. We call on Russia to immediately de-escalate, choose diplomatic means and respect its international obligations to open up in military activities, “the statement reads.
It is also said that NATO is seriously assessing the consequences of the current situation for the security of the Alliance.
“We will always respond decisively to any deterioration in our security environment, including by strengthening our collective defense policy as needed,” the statement said.
In this regard, the Alliance will take all necessary measures to ensure the security and defense of all NATO member states.
“Any further aggression against Ukraine will have enormous consequences and cost dearly,” the statement reads.
In doing so, NATO will continue to closely coordinate with relevant stakeholders and other international organizations, including the European Union.
“We reiterate our support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and call on Russia to withdraw its forces from Ukraine in accordance with international commitments and promises. We support the right of all countries to make decisions about their future and foreign policy free of external interference. NATO’s relations with Ukraine are only a matter for Ukraine and 30 NATO member countries. We strongly reject any attempts to break the security of the Alliance, “the statement says.
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Possible escalation at the border
The Washington Post, citing 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 that Russia was building up military forces 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 released fresh satellite photographs , which 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 for an invasion 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.