US asks Russia to explain “provocations” on the Ukrainian border

US State Department spokesman Ned Price 1/3/2021 REUTERS / Tom Brenner reuters_tickers

This content was published on 05. April 2021 – 23:45

05. April 2021 – 23:45

Por Jonathan Landay e Humeyra Pamuk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States government believes that information about Russia’s military movements on the border with Ukraine is “reliable”, asked Moscow to explain the “provocations” and said it was ready to engage in the situation, the State Department said. American on Monday.

Information about the accumulation of Russian troops and their movements on the border with Ukraine became the latest point of tension in the icy relations between the United States and Russia, less than three months after President Joe Biden came to power.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement to the press that the United States will care about any Moscow initiative to intimidate Ukraine, whether on Russian territory or within the former Soviet republic.

The spokesman declined to say whether the United States believed Russia would be preparing to invade the neighboring country.

Later on Monday, a State Department spokesman told Reuters that the United States is “open to engagement with Moscow” in the situation, describing as “reliable” information on troop movements on the Ukrainian and Israeli border. Crimea, the peninsula taken over by Russia in 2014.

The moves, according to the spokesman, were preceded by violations of a July 2020 ceasefire agreement, which killed four Ukrainian soldiers and wounded four others.

“We ask that Russia refrain from actions that escalate the current situation,” said the spokesman.

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