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MOSCOW, (Reuters) – Russia expressed concern Tuesday after 8500 US troops were placed on alert and made it clear that they would be available to go to Europe in an emergency.
Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, accused Washington of inflaming tensions over Ukraine. He repeated Moscow’s claim that Washington is causing the crisis by U.S. actions and NATO actions instead of its own building-up of tens-of-thousands of troops close to the Ukrainian border.
Russia has been accused of planning an attack on Ukraine by Western countries. Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014 and invaded it again this year. Moscow says that there is no such plan. However, it can take military action without specifying a specific strategy if other demands are not met.
NATO stated Monday that its forces were on standby, and it is strengthening eastern Europe by adding more fighter jets to the fleet. Russia condemned the Western moves as “hysteria.”
Peskov claimed that President Vladimir Putin would speak this week with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. He also plans to talk with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zeleskiy.
Russia awaits a U.S. written response to its security requests this week. Some of these have been rejected by Washington.
Peskov stated that the U.S. troops alert didn’t affect negotiations as the current phase had already been concluded.
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