Go back up there tension between Russia and Ukraineafter in the past few hours there had been talk of a withdrawal of troops by Moscow. According to the White House, not only has there been no turnaround. On the contrary, Moscow would have added at least another “7,000 troops” to the borders with Ukraine. Some of the new troops would have arrived yesterday, added the official US source, calling the announcement of the withdrawal by Moscow “false”. Russia could launch an operation “at any moment” as a false pretext to invade Ukraine, the source concluded.
Similar considerations have come from Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, during the defense ministerial in Brussels, which explained how to date there has been “no withdrawal of Russian troops from the borders of Ukraine. Indeed, Moscow is sending other forces ”.
Ukraine, Brussels in Moscow: “after words, deeds”
For now it is a war of nerves only, but in the aftermath of the Kremlin’s announcement on the partial end of the exercises and the return of the soldiers to their bases, the West, satellite images in hand, fears the tsar’s bluff. Of course, there are signs of diplomatic openness from Moscow, all the leaders recognize it.
“After the words, however, now we need the facts”, summarized the president of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
Along the same lines, American President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who urged Moscow to take concrete measures to defuse tensions, warning that no significant withdrawal of Russian troops from the Ukrainian border has been observed so far. Yesterday, during a phone call, the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity and stressed the importance of continuous transatlantic coordination on diplomacy and deterrence measures and the strengthening of NATO’s eastern flank if the Russia invades Ukraine.
“There Russia must take concrete steps towards de-escalation “they said, according to a statement released by the German chancellery following a phone call between the two allies.
If it is a matter of relaxation, it is taking place at a slow pace. Confirmations in this direction also come from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: “The Russian troops do not really go away, they take turns”, he warned, adding, as if to take courage, that his country “fears nothing and no one” and is ready to defend itself.