February 4, 2023

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US accuses Russia of plotting to invade Ukraine | The Kremlin has denied the allegations and called for a halt to NATO’s military expansion

The United States blamed Russia Sending invaders to Ukraine to set up an incident Used as “Excuse for Invasion”, A statement that Moscow categorically rejected. The Kremlin also warned that it would not wait indefinitely for Washington’s response to NATO’s demand not to expand east.

The The White House raised its tone Conversation with MoscowSpokesman Zhen Zaki assured that the Kremlin was trying to “create an excuse” to invade Ukraine. Accuses Ukraine of planning an immediate offensive against Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, including sabotage and intelligence operations. “, He said. A U.S. spokesman added: “The Russian military plans to launch the operation several weeks before the military invasion, which will begin in mid – January and mid – February.”

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a news conference that they had information that Moscow had deployed troops to plan an operation to create an excuse to enter Ukrainian soil. Kirby pointed out that this was a Russian operation known as the “false flag” in US military terminology. As an excuse to enter Ukraine, he said, “it is designed as an attack against them (Russians) or their people or Russian-speakers in Ukraine.”

From the Kremlin they flatly denied these new allegations Washington. “So far, all these statements are unsubstantiated and there is nothing to confirm them.”Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by Russia’s TASS news agency.

Shortly before the allegations White House, தி Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov He had expressed his confidence in resuming talks with Washington, And in turn He warned that this would depend on Washington’s response to Moscow’s proposals.

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“We categorically reject the existence of the Atlantic Alliance on our border.”, The Chancellor reaffirmed, and he promised to enter Moscow Ukraine Marks a “real red line” for NATO to Russia. Lavrov also said that if Ukraine allowed its bases to stay on its borders without joining NATO, it would be a red line for Russia as well. The Russian Foreign Minister stressed that the militarization of Ukraine by Western nations was continuing and that hundreds of NATO troops were currently stationed there.

The European Union (EU) has been embroiled in controversy over security guarantees since Friday morning. EU countries are reluctant to blindly follow Washington in the conflict with Moscow because they have economic ties with Russia and are dependent on Russian gas.

“EU participation in the US-Russia talks and the Russia-NATO Council meeting is not planned, but we are in full coordination with the United States on this matter,” he said. Ahead of an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in the French city of Brest, the political delegation was led by EU Foreign Minister Joseph Boral. According to him, “the Russians do not want to continue negotiations”, but Europe will actively participate in future consultations.

“This scenario is far more intense than we have seen in recent years,” said Alexander Schalenberg, the Austrian foreign minister and former head of government between October and December 2021.

For his part, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian pledged that they were “willing to block Russia.” “The integration of the analysis, the collective commitment to action and the willingness to ask the EU,” he said. One day ago, however, the EU renewed for six months the sanctions against Russian companies and institutions imposed in 2014. Following the annexation of Crimea, a European minister who spoke anonymously to the AFP hinted that they could discuss new sanctions. “The sanctions are on the table. The danger of Russian intervention in Ukraine is real and we must be prepared to react,” he told the AFP news agency.

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Lavrov regretted the rejection of all means of cooperation with Europe. The foreign minister stressed that the decision to sever bilateral ties had not been taken by Moscow and that Brussels had imposed sanctions in 2014 and renewed them for another half year. “We regret that the EU itself destroyed all mechanisms seven and a half years ago, including the mechanisms under which the practical aspects of guaranteeing security were discussed.”The Russian minister said.

On the cyber attack on several websites of the Ukrainian government, Borel considered it “premature to point a finger at someone because there is no evidence.”, Although indirectly targeting Russia. “We can only imagine who was behind the attack,” Borel said, promising to mobilize all EU resources to deal with the sabotage. Meanwhile, NATO has said it will sign an Internet cooperation agreement with Ukraine.

“In the coming days, NATO and Ukraine will sign an agreement on Internet cooperation, including Ukraine’s access to NATO’s malware information sharing site,” said Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of the NATO military alliance.

In Brussels this week, the US and NATO began a new round of talks with Russia. It aims to join Kiev’s North Atlantic Alliance to resolve the crisis between Moscow and Ukraine. For the Kremlin it was a threat to NATO’s expansion and mobilization of troops on the border with Ukraine, and the White House asked for a written guarantee that Kiev would not join the coalition.

Last month, the government of President Vladimir Putin proposed a treaty and defense agreement that would allow the withdrawal of its troops and weapons from post-1997 allies: Poland, Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania, Croatia and other Balkan countries.

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