US intelligence is taking the threat of a Russian “invasion” of Ukraine seriously, the WSJ learned. In this regard, Washington is pushing European partners to cooperate in developing a package of measures to contain Moscow
US intelligence warned European allies that 'there is little time left'; in order to prevent Russia from starting hostilities in Ukraine, The New York Times reported citing sources.
According to the interlocutors of the publication, Russia has not yet decided what it will do with the troops, “ which it has gathered at the border of Ukraine. '' However, U.S. intelligence takes the 'invasion' threat seriously. and do not believe that this is a bluff, sources noted.
In this regard, the United States is “ pushing '' European countries to cooperate in developing a package of economic and military measures to contain Moscow, writes NYT. In particular, the head of the US National Intelligence Avril Haynes visited Brussels this week, and Washington also shared intelligence with Ukraine.
US officials told their allies that the Russian authorities are “ disappointed with the peace process, '' which France and Germany launched in 2014 after the entry of Crimea into Russia and the outbreak of an armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. According to a number of former American officials, Moscow may intend to provide a safe land corridor between the unrecognized republics of Donbass and Crimea.
Since the end of October, reports have begun to appear in the media that Russia is building up its military forces on the border with Ukraine. In particular, The Washington Post wrote about this. And the Politico newspaper published satellite images. They presumably capture the accumulation of tanks of the Russian armed forces near the city of Yelnya in the Smolensk region, about 250 km from the border with Ukraine.
In Ukraine, it was initially said that they did not see the activity of the Russian military at the border. But later, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that his Western partners had informed him of the situation.
Russian authorities have information about a possible “ invasion '' Ukraine was called empty injection. Speaking about the current situation, the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov recalled the unplanned exercises of the United States and its NATO allies in the Black Sea, in connection with which Russia, he said, must insure itself and “ be on the alert. ''
President Vladimir Putin also noted that Ukraine violated the Minsk agreements by using the Bayraktar combat drone in the Donbas. “ It seems that we are simply, we are not allowed to relax. Well, let them know that we are not relaxing '', & mdash; he said.
At the same time, the Russian authorities have repeatedly stated that Russia did not threaten anyone and does not pose a threat to anyone. The movement of troops across the country & mdash; this is an exclusively internal matter, Peskov said.
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