Biden Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that the US is concerned about the number of Russian troops gathering at the Ukrainian border and said that “there will be consequences” for Russia if they show aggressive behaviour.
“I have to tell you I have real concerns about Russia’s actions on the borders of Ukraine,” Blinken said on Sunday.
“There are more Russian forces massed on those borders than at any time since 2014 when Russia first invaded.”
“President Biden’s been very clear about this. If Russia acts recklessly, or aggressively, there will be costs, there will be consequences,” he added, speaking earlier in the week about “Russian provocations against Ukraine.”
White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, recently said that the Biden administration is currently in talks with NATO about how to handle the mounting tensions in Eastern Europe, as there have been multiple cease-fire violations, calling the situation “deeply concerning.”
The Russian Defence Ministry has stated that it is conducting 4,048 military drills this month to investigate the battle-readiness of its troops.
Last month the Ukrainian government claimed that four of its soldiers were killed by Russian shelling in the Donbass region – a claim which the Russian government has denied, claiming that they have no troops in Eastern Ukraine.
On Friday Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, called the escalating tensions in the region “unprecedented”, and indicated that Ukraine was on the verge of civil war, which would threaten Russia’s safety.
“The Kremlin has fears that a civil war could resume in Ukraine,” Peskov said.
“And if a civil war, a full-scale military action, resumes near our borders that would threaten the Russian Federation’s security.”
Since 2014, the conflict in Ukraine has claimed at least 13,000 lives according to the UN.
Ukraine is currently in a bid to join Russia, “to send a real signal to Russia.”
It comes amid rising tensions in eastern Ukraine. https://t.co/i0a4OZu6nG
— euronews (@euronews) April 6, 2021