After sending 3,000 American troops to Eastern Europe, Moscow once again called on the Americans to “stop fueling tensions” aggravating the crisis around Ukraine.
The Kremlin urged the United States on February 3 to “stop” aggravating the crisis around Ukraine, after the American decision to send 3,000 additional soldiers to Eastern Europe.
“We constantly call on our American counterparts to stop the escalation of tensions on the European continent,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “Unfortunately, they continue in this way”, he lamented. According to him, “Russia’s concern is clear and perfectly justified”, as are all the measures taken by Moscow to ensure its own security and interests.
Because according to him, “these are not just provocative statements that a war will soon take place for which everyone will pay a terrible price. It is about the redeployment of American soldiers in European countries close to our borders”. The day before, the Russian diplomacy had considered “destructive” the announcement of the sending of these troops.
Russians and Westerners are engaged in multiple formats of discussions, displaying on both sides the objective of de-escalation, but also a desire not to yield anything on their positions of principle. Westerners accuse Moscow of having deployed tens of thousands of men for months on the borders of Ukraine – a sign, according to them, of a major military operation – which Russia denies. For the Kremlin, NATO threatens Russia’s security and calls for an end to the Alliance’s enlargement policy and its withdrawal from Eastern Europe in order to lower tensions. What Europeans and Americans refuse.
Washington, on the other hand, proposed that the rivals commit not to deploy offensive military means in Ukraine, that Moscow inspect certain military infrastructures which worry it in Europe, and that the two countries agree on arms control measures. . French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz are planning to each travel to Moscow to meet Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin has confirmed discussions to this effect.