The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said that he is "very concerned" about the advance of the Russian troops and remarked that President Joe Biden has been clear about it in case of reckless conduct.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned in an interview on Sunday that Russia would retaliate if it took "aggressive action" against Ukraine.
I fussed Russia's actions on the borders of Ukraine," Blinken said in the program Meet the Press chain NBC on military deployment in the region.
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, "has been very clear about it. Blinken said, If Russia acts recklessly or aggressively, prices will fall, and consequences will follow.
In recent days, Kiev and several Western capitals have criticized Moscow for concentrating troops on the Ukrainian border and the annexed Crimean peninsula, while deadly incidents with separatists are almost daily. Ukraine says the Kremlin may be looking for a pretext to launch a major military operation.
Although the fighting was practically paralyzed since the truce in the summer of 2020, it has resumed in recent weeks. Since the beginning of the year, 26 Ukrainian servicemen have died.
Moscow claims that the war, in which more than 13,000 people have died, is a Ukrainian civil war. At the same time, Kyiv and Western countries regard Russia's documented military, political and financial support for separatists as evident.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov ruled out the possibility of a war on Sunday and warned that "Russia will not remain indifferent to the fate of Russian-speaking people living in the southeast" of that country, where since 2014 there has been a war between the Kyiv troops and pro-Russian separatists.
Ruslan Leviev said, Russia is testing everyone's nerves and announcing its status: it should be a major player for other countries, both for the United States and Ukraine, an analyst with the Conflict Intelligence Team, consulted by Washington. Post. He added that they are trying to show that Russia will not tolerate any sanctions or other measures to send Crimea back to Ukraine or pressure it to change matters in the Donbas.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday that Russia now has more troops than ever on Ukraine's eastern border since 2014. "We have asked Russia for an explanation of these provocations," he told reporters. State Department spokesman Ned Price, "but the most important thing is that what we have signaled with our Ukrainian partners is a message of reassurance."
Since 2014, The United States has sent $4.5 billion in funding to Ukraine, including two shipments of the Trump administration's Javelin anti-tank missiles.
Advanced weaponry is being kept away from the front lines because of US concerns about causing a Russian escalation and the possibility of the weaponry falling into the hands of US adversaries, according to congressional advisers familiar with the situation.
The place of the missiles has been kept intrigued by the public. Spokesmen for the State Department and the Pentagon declined to say whether Ukraine had moved the missiles in response to Russian troop movements.