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KYIV/BRUSSELS – NATO on Monday said it is putting troops on standby, strengthening eastern Europe with more fighter jets and ships as a response to Russia’s military buildup at Ukraine’s borders.

This move was one of many signals suggesting that the West may be preparing for an aggressive Russian attack on Ukraine. Moscow, however, denies any plans to invade.

Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of Western Military Alliance said that “I welcome allies contributing more forces to NATO.” “NATO will continue taking all necessary steps to defend and protect all allies. This includes strengthening the eastern portion of the alliance.

Britain announced that it would withdraw some of its staff from the embassy in Ukraine to counter “a growing threat by Russia”, just days after US officials said they were ordering family members of diplomats to evacuate.

“Military action by Russia could come at any time,” the U.S. Embassy said https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-orders-departure-ukraine-embassy-staff-family-members-2022-01-23 in a statement. The statement stated that U.S. citizens who have been in Ukraine for more than a year should be prepared to leave.

U.S. diplomats at Kyiv’s embassy were permitted to leave on their own initiative.

Tensions in Ukraine are contributing to an increase in oil prices. The latest Russia-U.S. negotiations on Friday failed to deliver any major breakthrough.

Russia demands that NATO withdraw its promise that Ukraine would join it one day and that NATO pull back the troops and weapons of former Communist states in Eastern Europe who joined after the Cold War.

Washington denies that those demands are unreasonable, however it is willing to consider other ideas regarding arms control, missile deployments, and confidence-building.

Russia was warned by the European Union and the United States not to invade Ukraine. Denmark stated that the EU is ready to place “never seen-before” economic sanctions on Russia, and EU foreign ministers met in Brussels to warn Moscow.

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The border with Ukraine is within easy reach for around 100,000 Russian soldiers. Russia has been awaiting an official response.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine said that they considered U.S. Embassy’s move “premature” and “a sign of excessive caution.”

According to it, “In reality there have not been any major changes in security conditions recently: The threat of new wave of Russian aggression has remained constant from 2014 and the building up of Russian troops close the state frontier began in April 2013,” the report stated.

Britain said at the weekend it had information the Russian government was considering a former Ukrainian lawmaker https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/uk-accuses-kremlin-trying-install-pro-russian-leader-ukraine-2022-01-22 as a potential candidate to head a pro-Russian puppet leadership in Kyiv.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, British allegations were dismissed as “disinformation” and NATO accused of increasing tensions in Ukraine.

Josep Borrell is the EU’s foreign policy chief. He said the EU didn’t plan to pull diplomat families out of Ukraine right now. German Foreign Minister Annalena Bayerbock indicated that Germany was still present in Ukraine, but she is continuously evaluating the situation.

Latvia cautioned its citizens against traveling to Ukraine unless it was absolutely necessary. Lithuania’s foreign Minister stated that the West should make Russia sanctions “unbearable,” if Russia attacked Ukraine.

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