The Russian authorities do not plan to remove troops from the borders with Ukraine, declared Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov. According to him, in this way Russia will respond to the “unfriendly atmosphere of NATO.”
“Russian troops are on the territory of the Russian Federation near the Ukrainian border, and we consider it necessary to leave them there in the face of a very tense situation, an unfriendly atmosphere created by various NATO exercises, NATO fighters and spy planes, the advancement of NATO infrastructure to the borders,” Peskov said. .
Recall, on January 15, the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) reported on the transfer of Iskander missile launchers from the Far East to the west of Russia.
Earlier, CIT reported on the transfer of tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, Grad and Uragan multiple launch rocket systems to the western regions of the Russian Federation, SAM “Buk”. In recent months, experts have raised fears that such a military build-up near the borders with Ukraine could mean preparing for invasion.
The Russian authorities insist that they do not hatch any aggressive plans. On January 14, the Ministry of Defense announced the start of a check of the combat readiness of troops in the Eastern Military District, in which part of the formations and military units “will make marches in a combined way to unfamiliar training grounds located at a considerable distance from the points of permanent deployment, to perform combat training tasks.”
Abroad, these statements are not trusted. January 14 at the White House and the Pentagon reportedthat the US authorities have information that Russia is preparing a “false flag” provocation to justify the invasion of Ukraine. The Kremlin called these reports “unfounded.”