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‘Destructive Steps’: Russia after US sends 3,000 troops to Eastern Europe

Russia called the US deployments “destructive steps, which increase military tension and reduce scope for political decision.

Washington: The United States deployed several thousand troops on Wednesday to reinforce NATO forces in Eastern Europe, while the leaders of France and Germany reported trips to Moscow to meet the Western fears of an invasion of Ukraine. With Russia refusing to withdraw 100,000 soldiers remaining on Ukraine’s borders, 1,000 American soldiers in Germany were sent to Romania and another 2,000 stationed in the United States were flown to Germany and Poland.

“As long as (President Vladimir Putin) acts aggressively, we will be sure to reassure our NATO allies in Eastern Europe that we are here,” President Joe Biden said after the announcement of the deployment. In response, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said the move would make it more difficult for the two sides to compromise, calling the US deployments “destructive measures, which increase military tension and reduce the scope of decisions.” policies”.

Western powers have engaged in intense diplomatic efforts coupled with the threat of sanctions against Putin’s entourage to deter what they fear is an imminent invasion of former Soviet Ukraine, despite strong denials from Moscow. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Wednesday he would soon travel to Moscow to discuss the crisis, while French President Emmanuel Macron said a similar trip could be planned depending on upcoming talks with other world leaders. . Biden and Macron pledged to coordinate their response to the crisis in a phone call on Wednesday, while the leader’s Frenchman’s office said he would speak with Putin again on Thursday evening. which is not a member of NATO, but that should not appease Putin, who has accused the US and NATO of trying to ‘contain’ Russia by placing troops and strategic weapons on its border .”Ukraine itself is just a tool to achieve this,”

Putin said Tuesday in his first major comments in weeks on the crisis. Putin has demanded guarantees that Ukraine will not join NATO and has implicitly threatened the former Soviet state with a massive military build-up. Russia also wants NATO and the United States to prevent the deployment. missile systems near Russia’s borders and withdrawing NATO forces in Eastern Europe. Putin left the door open for talks, saying he was studying Western proposals presented last month in response to Russian demands and that he hoped “we will eventually find a solution. But in a phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday,” noted “NATO’s reluctance to adequately address well-founded Russian concerns,” the Kremlin said, which also said it had China’s backing to back the stalemate that would be demonstrated when Putin meets President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Friday.

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Washington: The United States deployed several thousand troops on Wednesday to reinforce NATO forces in Eastern Europe, while the leaders of France and Germany reported trips to Moscow to meet the Western fears of an invasion of Ukraine. With Russia refusing to withdraw 100,000 soldiers remaining on Ukraine’s borders, 1,000 American soldiers in Germany were sent to Romania and another 2,000 stationed in the United States were flown to Germany and Poland. “As long as (President Vladimir Putin) acts aggressively, we will be sure to reassure our NATO allies in Eastern Europe that we are here,” President Joe Biden said after the announcement of the deployment.

In response, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said the move would make it more difficult for the two sides to compromise, calling the US deployments “destructive measures, which increase military tension and reduce the scope of decisions.” policies”. Western powers have engaged in intense diplomatic efforts coupled with the threat of sanctions against Putin’s entourage to deter what they fear is an imminent invasion of former Soviet Ukraine, despite strong denials from Moscow. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Wednesday he would soon travel to Moscow to discuss the crisis, while French President Emmanuel Macron said a similar trip could be planned depending on upcoming talks with other world leaders. . Biden and Macron pledged to coordinate their response to the crisis in a phone call on Wednesday, while the leader’s Frenchman’s office said he would speak with Putin again on Thursday evening. which is not a member of NATO, but that should not appease Putin, who has accused the US and NATO of trying to ‘contain’ Russia by placing troops and strategic weapons on its border .

“Ukraine itself is just a tool to achieve this,” Putin said Tuesday in his first major comments in weeks on the crisis. Putin has demanded guarantees that Ukraine will not join NATO and has implicitly threatened the former Soviet state with a massive military build-up. Russia also wants NATO and the United States to prevent the deployment. missile systems near Russia’s borders and withdrawing NATO forces in Eastern Europe. Putin left the door open for talks, saying he was studying Western proposals presented last month in response to Russian demands and that he hoped “we will eventually find a solution. But in a phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday,” noted “NATO’s reluctance to adequately address well-founded Russian concerns,” the Kremlin said, which also said it had China’s backing to back the stalemate that would be demonstrated when Putin meets President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Friday.

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