RUSSIA THURSDAY renewed Western alarm with new deployment of its troops near Ukraine as U.S. officials They raise the obvious concerns of the Moscow-based violence there.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov handed down three seemingly contradictory expulsions in connection with the sudden departure of Russian troops and equipment across its border with Ukraine and Crimea, and last week's mudslide by Russian-backed troops killing four Ukrainian soldiers Kiey blames Russia.
"The Russian Federation is deploying its armed forces within its territory of its own accord. This should not bother anyone, it is not a threat to anyone," Peskov told reporters Thursday morning, according to his statement. He also said that Russia feels threatened by what it considers "growing more military forces in NATO countries" and "something that forces us to remain vigilant."
He also said that the Russian military has "never participated in or participated in any of the activities in Ukraine, echoing the usual rhetoric from Moscow officials who disregard low-level issues. Russian President Vladimir Putin himself acknowledged in 2015 the presence of Russian troops in which "they perform certain duties, including the military."
In addition to the mudslide attacks, Ukraine and its Western allies have expressed serious concern over the deployment of 2,000 Russian troops to Crimea as part of an annual military exercise since 2017. exercise last week but stay there from Thursday morning, prompting US military leaders to question how Moscow might plan to use them.
Russia in 2014 adopted a series of strategic measures that Westerners consider illegal.
Both Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the U.S. Army Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, summoned his Ukrainian counterparts on Thursday. Milley also spoke with Russian General Valery Gerasimov of Russia about a two-state operation to end possible conflicts in Syria and elsewhere, and in an agreement that remains confidential.
Blinken expressed "unwavering support for the Ukrainian sovereignty and local integrity in the face of the ongoing violence in Russia in Donbas and Crimea," according to a reading of his phone released by the Ministry of State. He also conveyed "concerns about the security situation in eastern Ukraine."
The U.S. The European Command, which oversees regional operations including a small presence of US coaches in western Ukraine, has raised its awareness level this week to represent a potential crisis amid new threats from Russia. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Wednesday that the new level of threat did not indicate that the US was expecting a crisis but that US regional authorities wanted to pay more attention to the situation there.
"It's a way to enhance and enhance the visibility of a leader, to realize that there's something to look forward to. And the word 'notice' is a word that works there," Kirby said.
He added that Biden's management had reached out to Russia to discuss "concerns about this" and to "try to find out more about what was going on."
General Glen VanHerck, head of the U.S. Northern Command, told the media on Wednesday that Russia's latest developments - as well as a series of Russian air strikes in recent days - represent Moscow's efforts to "re-influence the world."
U.S. officials under the control of Trump and Biden have also been paying close attention to China's attention in recent months, looking at what the Pentagon calls a "major leadership challenge" that should hit US resources soon.
Analysts fear that a change in strategy will improve Russia's more aggressive behavior to maintain its international compliance.