“I do not think that Lukasehenko is doing what he is doing without the support of Russia. Does it have to do with Ukraine? It could be. I am not in the detail of the talks between Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, and I do not want to judge his intentions, but if the US says what it says, it must have reasons. ” This is how the head of diplomacy, Josep Borrell, expressed himself on Monday about the Russian military operations on the border with Ukraine and the fear expressed by the White House of a hypothetical Russian incursion on Ukrainian soil: “After the last military exercises in the borders, the Russian troops left a detachment with an important quantity of material for a rapid deployment. And this worries us equally. ”
EU tightens sanctions against Belarus “for hybrid attacks with migrants”
The European Union is seeing how its eastern reaches are experiencing a rise in temperature. On the one hand, the pressure of Belarus on Poland; on the other, that of Russia on Ukraine, which without being a member of the EU or NATO, does have a border with several EU countries, such as Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.
This Monday, Ukraine’s Defense Minister, Dimitri Kuleba, met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who stated: “We have discussed the security situation in and around Ukraine. In recent weeks, we have seen large and unusual concentrations of Russian forces near Ukraine’s borders, similar to Russia’s build-up in Crimea and the Black Sea region earlier this year. ”
The NATO secretary general said: “We are closely monitoring the situation, and we continue to consult among allies and with partners such as Ukraine and the European Union. Any provocation or aggressive action by Russia would be of grave concern. We call on Russia to be transparent about your military activities. It is important to prevent escalations and reduce tensions. NATO supports Ukraine. All NATO allies are united in condemning Russia’s behavior. ”
The foreign officials of France and Germany have also met with the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, to whom they have expressed their support: “We declare the unwavering support of our countries for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Attempts to undermine Ukraine’s territorial integrity would have serious consequences. ”
Last Wednesday, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, stressed his “concern” about the “unusual” military activity of Russia on the border with Ukraine, noting that the intention of Moscow is not known with “clarity”, for what the North American country will monitor closely any “aggressive action”, reports Efe.
At a press conference after receiving his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmitro Kuleba, at the State Department, the head of US diplomacy warned Russia that it would make “a serious mistake if it tries to do it again” what happened in 2014 in reference to the occupation. from the Donbas and Crimea regions.
The Ukrainian government has warned about the latest movements by Russia on the border with Ukraine, where, according to Kiev, there are almost 90,000 Russian soldiers concentrated.