Russia holds tank drills near Ukraine
Russian soldiers and tanks carried out live-fire drills on the Ukrainian border on Tuesday, while sounding pessimistic about prospects for negotiations with Washington, which Washington believes would eliminate the potential invasion threat to Ukraine.
A day after the United States requested Russia to withdraw an estimated 100,000 soldiers from near the border at talks in Geneva, the defense ministry said that some 3,000 personnel had begun combat training involving mock battles in four districts of southwest Russia.
As a result of these exercises, it seems that Russia has no intention of letting up on its military pressure campaign that drove the US to the bargaining table in the first place.
Despite the fact that Monday’s conversations were handled in an open, substantial, and direct way, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated there was no genuine reason to be optimistic.
Russia, he added, expects results quickly. As far as I know, no deadlines have been established in this process, and the Russian attitude has not changed: “We will not be happy with the prolonged dragging out of this procedure.” Russia holds tank drills near Ukraine
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Peskov said the situation will become clearer following Russia’s scheduled discussions with NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Despite Russia’s repeated denials that it intends to invade Ukraine, Moscow maintains that it has the right to use its armed troops anywhere it sees fit inside its borders.
At least for now, Russia persists in excluding Ukraine from membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which has said it would accept the Ukrainian capital since 2008. Additionally, it wants the ex-communist nations that have joined NATO after the end of the Cold War to withdraw their troops and weapons.
These requests have been rejected by the United States, but it is prepared to negotiate other parts of Russia’s plans, such as missile deployments or limitations on military exercises, in order to reach an agreement.
There were “in some ways” opposing perspectives between the two countries, according to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. “For us, it is extremely essential that Ukraine never, ever becomes a member of NATO,” he told reporters. Russia holds tank drills near Ukraine
State Department deputy secretary Wendy Sherman stated, “We were robust in pushing back against security ideas that are just non-starters to the United States.”
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk reiterated Ukraine’s position on Tuesday that Russia cannot dictate its ties with other sovereign nations, and NATO has no urgent intentions to do so.
“Russia has no say in whether or not Ukraine joins NATO. Ukraine and its international partners will not breach this boundary “According to Dmytro Kuleba, head of RBK-Ukraine. Russia holds tank drills near Ukraine
Even if Russian diplomats walk around in circles, the starting point for discussions on security assurances in the Euro-Atlantic region must begin with Russia’s de-escalation of the security situation along the Ukrainian border and Russia’s disengagement from Donbas and Crimea. Russia holds tank drills near Ukraine
More than 15,000 people have been murdered since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
A “red line” has been drawn by Vladimir Putin in regard to NATO’s acceptance of Ukraine as a member or the deployment of weaponry capable of striking Russia in the country. Russia holds tank drills near Ukraine
Last month, Vice President Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin in two separate talks that the United States will respond to any further Russian action with harsh economic penalties. Putin reacted by saying that such steps would be a huge mistake and would lead to a total break in ties. Russia holds tank drills near Ukraine