With US intelligence, NATO to discuss Russia’s intentions near Ukraine

NATO Foreign Ministers Summit, in Riga
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Latvian President Egils Levits pose for media in Riga, Latvia November 30, 2021. REUTERS / Ints Kalnins / Pool

November 30, 2021

By Sabine Siebold and Humeyra Pamuk

RIGA (Reuters) – NATO foreign ministers will discuss on Tuesday President Vladimir Putin’s possible intentions for a mass rally of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border, and what the alliance’s response should be. like, when Belarus announced joint exercises with Russia.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to brief his 29 NATO counterparts on the US intelligence picture on the alliance’s eastern flank and Ukraine, which is not a member of NATO, during a meeting in London. Latvia’s capital Riga.

“We don’t have any clarity on[Russia’s]intentions but what we do know is an unusual concentration of Russian military forces near Ukraine,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday.

“We see heavy capabilities, we see armored units, drones, electronic warfare systems and we see tens of thousands of Russian troops ready to fight,” he said later. while visiting NATO troops rehearsing their combat skills with camouflage tanks and live fire in a snowy forest north of Riga.

The Western military alliance is worried about Russia’s military presence on the Ukrainian border, the second increase of troops this year. In May, Russian troops reached 100,000 on the Ukrainian border, the largest number since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, Western officials said.

Belarus on Monday announced joint military exercises with Russia on its border with Ukraine and accused NATO of building up offensive capabilities near its border.

President Alexander Lukashenko, who is accused by the West of trying to split the European Union by sending Middle Eastern migrants to the Polish border, warned Minsk would not sit on the sidelines in the event of war. nL8N2SK4FI]

“It’s clear which side Belarus is on,” he said, referring to Russia, whose financial and political backing helped him weather massive protests following a controversial presidential election. in August of last year.

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky) With US intelligence, NATO to discuss Russia’s intentions near Ukraine


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