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Ukraine, tension erupts with Russia. NATO strengthens its presence in the area

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Tensions between Russia And Ukraine after the strong deployments of troops on the border between the two countries. Since last April, Moscow has begun to deploy over 100,000 soldiers on the border line in Belarusian “friendly” territory. Their presence is both a threat and an attempt to get answers to requests sent for some time since Kremlin to Washington and that is the guarantee that NATO does not incorporate the former Soviet territories. At the moment Ukraine is acting as a “buffer” between the nations belonging to NATO and Russia.

Ukraine, what happened today

Today numerous statements have contributed to further inflame the spirits in the main capitals involved in monitor the evolution of tensions in Eastern Europe.

According to reports from CNN, on Sunday the United States they advised the families of their diplomats to leave Ukraine. A similar decision was also taken by the United Kingdom and fromAustralia.

But that’s not all, according to reports from the White House, the United States is considering sending more troops in Eastern Europe and put 8,500 soldiers on alert.

In response, Moscow has made it known that in the event it will respond appropriately to this possible deployment of US troops.

Always this morning from London Accusations have rebounded against Russia of plotting to establish a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine.

For their part, the Russians replied that a Ukrainian offensive in Donbasthe region south-east of Kiev (eastern Ukraine) where military exercises have been held for weeks by both armies.

NATO is following events closely

On Monday evening, the NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg took part in an online meeting organized by the president of the United States Joe Biden on Russia’s continued military build-up in and around Ukraine and its implications for European and international security.

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The British Prime Minister also attended the meeting Boris Johnsonthe French president Emmanuel Macronthe German Chancellor Olaf Scholzthe premier Mario Draghithe Polish president Andrzej Dudarepresenting the OECD Presidency, as well as the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

What new emerged from this meeting? According to what is specified by a note by Palazzo Chigi during the summit “support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine was reiterated. The importance of maintaining the closest coordination between allies and the need for a common response, capable of keeping open a channel of dialogue with Russia to ease tensions, were also reiterated, while clarifying the serious consequences that a further deterioration of the situation could entail “.

In recent days, several members of the Born they announced current or imminent deployments in Eastern Europe. There Denmark is sending a frigate in the Baltic Sea and is ready to field four F-16 fighters in Lithuania in support of NATO’s long-standing air police mission in the region. There Spain it is sending ships to join NATO naval forces and is considering sending fighters to Bulgaria. There France expressed his readiness to send troops in Romania under the command of NATO. THE Netherlands will send two F-35 fighter jets in Bulgaria since April to support NATO air police activities in the region and are putting a ship and ground units on hold for the NATO Response Force.

In a statement released today, NATO recalled that, in response to the illegal annexation of the Crimea by Russia in 2014, increased its presence in the eastern part of the Alliance, including with four multinational battle groups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
These units, led respectively by United Kingdom, Canada, Germany And United States, are ready for combat. Their presence makes it clear that an attack on an ally will be considered an attack on the entire Alliance. There were no NATO forces in the eastern part of the Alliance before 2014.

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In short, the tensions seem destined to continue while diplomacy is overdue to seek a solution before the armies move on the ground.

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