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World Blinken headed to Europe, where NATO allies ‘deeply concerned’ by Russian military threats

01:15  13 april  2021
01:15  13 april  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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On Friday, Blinken spoke to his German and French counterparts in part, about " Russian provocations against Ukraine." Last week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the Biden administration was consulting with NATO allies about the uptick in tensions and cease-fire violations. Read more: U.S. concerned about Russian troop movements near Ukraine, discussing regional tensions with NATO allies . In recent weeks, Moscow has increased its military presence along the Ukrainian border, sparking concerns in the West of a budding military conflict between the two neighboring countries.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to return to Brussels next week for more meetings with NATO officials, according to three people familiar with the matter, as the U.S. grows increasingly concerned about Russian troop movements near Ukraine. Blinken traveled to Brussels in late March on his first trip to Europe after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. That visit was intended to assure allies that President Donald Trump’s “America First” era was over and the U.S. was fully committed to NATO . Trump often criticized the alliance and complained that European countries were not paying enough

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Ukrainian officials will travel to Brussels this week to meet with NATO allies for discussions about the “ongoing build-up of Russian military forces on Ukraine’s borders,” according to joint statements and Blinken’s team.

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“There are more Russian forces massed on those borders than at any time since 2014, when Russia first invaded Ukraine,” acting Assistant Secretary of State Philip Reeker, who leads the State Department’s European affairs bureau, told reporters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s team has suggested in recent days that Russian forces might need “to take care of the interests of Russian speakers” in eastern Ukraine, after insisting earlier this month that the movement of Russian troops along the western edge of the country was of no concern to Kyiv. That rhetoric has stoked suspicions that Russian forces might pour over the border on false pretenses, just as Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine in 2014 and then denied having sent any forces into the country.

Blinken Is Set to Return to Brussels for More NATO Meetings

  Blinken Is Set to Return to Brussels for More NATO Meetings Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to return to Brussels next week for more meetings with NATO officials, according to three people familiar with the matter, as the U.S. grows increasingly concerned about Russian troop movements near Ukraine. The meetings will take up most of the week, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing plans that haven’t been made public. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will be in Brussels at the same time, for a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. © Hanslucas.com U.S.

Blinken is also expected to discuss intensifying EU-backed diplomacy on reviving the Iran nuclear accord and the rising tensions with Russia due to the buildup of Russian troops along the Russia -Ukraine border that has concerned Western officials as conflicts between Ukrainian forces and pro- Russia separatists continue to Blinken traveled to Brussels last month for similar discussions. Amid coronavirus restrictions on international travel, he has only taken one other international trip, to Japan and South Korea alongside Austin, part of Biden's emphasis on coordinating with allies .

Blinken also said he’s in contact with European allies about Russian troops deployed at Ukraine’s border, which he said were at the highest level since Russia ’s invasion of eastern Ukraine in 2014. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will be in Brussels at the same time for talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Ukraine is just one of a series of global challenges confronting Biden and his administration. China’s latest threats against Taiwan have generated widespread concern .

“At the same time, Russia has had a disinformation campaign blatantly designed to falsely blame Ukraine for what are the Kremlin's own actions,” Reeker added.

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Reeker declined to air any hypotheses about Russia’s motives in committing this military buildup at this juncture, but a bloc of major NATO allies condemned the “large ongoing build-up of Russian military forces on Ukraine’s borders and in illegally-annexed Crimea” in a statement from the G-7 — a group comprised of the United States and the six other leading industrialized democracies.

“These large-scale troop movements, without prior notification, represent threatening and destabilizing activities,” the G-7 communique said. “We call on Russia to cease its provocations and to immediately de-escalate tensions in line with its international obligations.”

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Washington is concerned about the situation on the Russian -Ukrainian border, so the US is currently in close contact with its allies and partners in Europe , US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a televised interview with NBC on Sunday. In recent days, Western countries voiced concerns following Ukrainian defense officials’ remarks on Russia ’s alleged military buildup along the border with Ukraine. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier that the Russian Army’s movements within the Russian territory should not alarm other states, since that poses no threat to them.

Kremlin officials have implied that a fresh Russian assault may be necessary to prevent “a human catastrophe” of the sort that unfolded during the Srebrenica genocide during the Bosnian War in 1995. “And all countries, including Russia, will undertake measures in order for such tragedies not to be repeated,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “The entire world, all civilized countries and European states in case of another Srebrenica in southeastern Ukraine will counteract this in every way possible in order to prevent the catastrophe.”

Western observers regard such statements as a cynical threat, given Putin’s previous admission that he had lied about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014 — a moment of candor that has since been erased from Russian government talking points.

“What we're focused on now is discussion and meeting with our allies and others who are equally concerned,” Reeker said. "And we're using tools like OSCE in Vienna, also this week, to try to address those concerns and see de-escalation by Russia, in terms of not only the military threat but also this disinformation and the rhetoric that’s flowing.”

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The latest news from Russia : Defense Minister Shoigu has indicated that every single military district is currently running readiness exercises which include a total of 4’000 (that is four thousand!) separate exercises on a total of 101 different military training grounds. Oh, and while the exercises conducted in April by Russia were scheduled before the Ukronazi mobilization, these latest ones are “unannounced readiness Conversely, if the US/ NATO wanted to prepare for an attack on Russia , or to “defend” Banderastan, they would need months to redeploy the necessary forces and means to Europe .

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba likely will meet with Blinken on the sidelines of a NATO-Ukraine Council meeting this week, according to Reeker. “Moscow must stop fueling the military frenzy and immediately and explicitly confirm its commitment to a diplomatic settlement and ceasefire,” Kuleba said on April 1.

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