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The Kremlin is concerned about the US actions to escalate tension, in particular the Pentagon's statement about the transfer of the US military to a state of high alert in Europe , said the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, RBC correspondent reports.
“What is happening both informationally and de facto from the United States, escalating tensions, we talked a lot about this yesterday ,— nothing changes here. We are watching these actions of the United States with great concern, — said Peskov.
This is how he commented on the Pentagon's statement about its readiness to transfer 8,500 troops to Europe.
The press secretary added that this information would not affect the course of negotiations between Russia and the United States on security guarantees. “At the present stage they are completed”, — explained the spokesman.
On the eve of the US Department of Defense announced an increase in the readiness of 8.5 thousand military personnel in connection with the situation around Ukraine. The department indicated that they were ready to quickly transfer troops to Europe at the request of NATO or “in other situations”, but the decision to send them has not yet been made. In addition, the head of the Ministry of Defense decided to reduce the time for the transfer of military personnel from ten to five days in some cases.
According to The New York Times, US President Joe Biden is considering deploying troops to the Baltic countries and Eastern Europe. One of the options presented to Biden at the Pentagon involves sending from 1,000 to 5,000 troops to Eastern European countries with the possibility of a “tenfold increase” their numbers if the situation deteriorates.
On January 24, NATO announced the transfer of troops, ships and aircraft to Bulgaria, Romania and Lithuania. The head of the North Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, emphasized that NATO does not threaten Russia or another country, and “the deployment of forces has been agreed by the national committees and is necessary to strengthen security in Europe.” invasion» Russia to Ukraine. The fact that Moscow is preparing for an attack was announced by the United States and a number of other Western countries. They drew attention to the accumulation of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border.
The Russian authorities are accused of preparing an “invasion”; repeatedly rejected. The Kremlin called the movement of troops across the country an internal matter. According to Peskov, the buildup of forces near the borders of Ukraine— a forced precaution against the backdrop of increasing NATO activity near Russian borders.
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