Washington. The western powers yesterday again accused Russia of continuing the “escalation” on the border with Ukraine and promised to be united in the future dialogue with Moscow, which is expected to begin in January.
Germany expressed “great concern” a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened a “military and technical” response if his Western rivals did not end his policy.
Berlin’s concern is that these words preceded new “troop movements” on the border with Ukraine, declared Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, insisting that this “serious crisis” can only be resolved through dialogue.
Asked about these new movements, the US State Department reiterated that Washington and its allies are “closely” monitoring the situation.
“Russia continues the escalation and has not stopped reinforcing the military presence” on the border, declared a spokesman for the US diplomacy.
Westerners accuse Moscow of having concentrated tens of thousands of soldiers on the border with Ukraine in order to prepare an eventual invasion.
The Kremlin, on the contrary, considers that it is the attitude of Washington and NATO that is threatening, due to their political and military support for Kiev.
“Any new aggression against Ukraine will have serious consequences,” the spokesman warned. The Americans and their allies have already threatened unprecedented sanctions.
“We strongly urge Russia to initiate a de-escalation by withdrawing its troops from the vicinity of the border with Ukraine,” he added.
“Our goal is de-escalation through diplomacy. The United States is ready to take on the diplomatic track in January through various channels.”
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They agreed to enter into a dialogue in early 2022 that would take place at the same time at the bilateral level between the United States and Russia, within NATO and at the level of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) since both Moscow and Kiev are members of these organizations.
“It has been agreed that at the beginning of next year there will be a bilateral contact between the Russian and American negotiators, a first round,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Russian television channel RT.
On Tuesday, President Putin expressed concern about “the accumulation of US and NATO military groups immediately near Russia’s borders, as well as the holding of large-scale, even unplanned exercises.”
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