World Russia says NATO deploying 'significant' hardware near its borders
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Contradicting his pre-inauguration pledges, President Joe Biden has established a Russia policy centered on appeasement. © Provided by Washington Examiner The facts are clear. Biden excuses Russian state-colluded ransomware attacks on U.S. critical infrastructure. He enables Russian energy blackmail against Central and Eastern Europe. He responds to Russia's jeopardizing of near-Earth space operations with inane State Department condemnations. He prevaricates on providing Ukraine with more weaponry in the face of Russia's massive military buildup. Vladimir Putin is taking advantage.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused NATO on Tuesday of deploying a significant amount of military hardware near Russia's borders and said Moscow could respond to security threats from Western countries and Ukraine if necessary.
U.S., NATO and Ukrainian officials have raised the alarm in recent weeks over what they say are unusual Russian troop movements near the border with Ukraine, and have suggested that Moscow might be preparing to launch an attack. Moscow has denied any plans to do so.
EXPLAINER: Is Russia going to invade Ukraine?
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian and Western officials are worried that a Russian military buildup near Ukraine could signal plans by Moscow to invade its ex-Soviet neighbor. The Kremlin insists it has no such intention and has accused Ukraine and its Western backers of making the claims to cover up their own allegedly aggressive designs. It’s unclear whether the Russian troop concentration heralds an imminent attack or represents an attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to persuade the U.S. and its NATO allies to refrain from sending soldiers and weapons to Ukraine, and drop plans for its eventual integration into NATO.
Lavrov said Ukrainian military manoeuvres and use of drones in the country's east, held by pro-Russian separatists, posed a threat to Russia, and it was ready to respond if needed.
"We simply cannot rule out the possibility that Kyiv will set out on a military adventure," he told a news conference in Moscow.
"President Putin stressed that we do not need conflict but if the West cannot hold back Ukraine - and on the contrary encourages it - of course we will take all the necessary steps to ensure our security."
Responding to concerns about its troop build-up, Russia has repeatedly said it is free to move its troops on its own territory and that such movements should not be a cause for alarm.
(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)
NATO debates the lessons of mission creep in Afghanistan .
RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Barely 3 months after the chaotic U.S.-run troop evacuation from Afghanistan, NATO foreign ministers met Wednesday to debate a rapidly compiled report on the lessons to be learned from the military organization’s 18-year security presence in the conflict-ravaged country. NATO took over the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2003, almost two years after a U.S.-led coalition invaded the country to oust the Taliban for harboring Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader who was shot dead in Pakistan in 2011. © Provided by Associated Press U.S.