The Russian authorities assure the United States that the movement of Russian troops does not pose a danger
The United States and Russia are in contact at the highest level over the situation in Ukraine, the Russian Interfax news agency reported on Monday, citing Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
According to Ryabkov, Moscow has assured the United States that there is no reason for concern: the deputy minister’s comment echoed the Kremlin’s statement earlier on Monday that the movement of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine did not pose a threat.
We will remind you that earlier the US Command in Europe increased the level of combat readiness of its forces in connection with the escalation of tensions in the east of Ukraine.
Last Thursday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that he had discussed with the leadership of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Russia’s systematic aggravation of the security situation in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.
On the eve of the commander of the armed forces of Ukraine, Ruslan Khomchak accused Russia of pulling troops to the border. He also stressed that the pro-Russian separatists are systematically violating the ceasefire.
On Wednesday, a telephone conversation took place between the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, General Mark Milli, and the head of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal quoted a Pentagon spokesman in its publication that the military was “monitoring the situation and that General Milli spoke with his colleagues in Russia and Ukraine.”