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NATO strengthens eastern side amid growing concerns about the Ukrainian crisis

Kiev: NATO said Monday that it was sending jets and ships to strengthen its Eastern European side as it sought to coordinate its harsh response to Russia if the US and EU invaded Ukraine. Despite claims that the Kremlin is not planning a new invasion, tensions are rising as Russia deploys about 100,000 troops and heavy armor on the borders of neighboring countries.

The United States, Britain and Australia ordered the diplomat’s family to leave Kiev, but France told its citizens to avoid non-essential trips to Ukraine. However, Kiev and the European Union’s foreign policy director said the withdrawal of diplomatic personnel seemed premature, in doubt about how imminent the attack was. Top US diplomat Antony Blinken called the EU counterparts meeting in Brussels to explain the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Viklov on Friday.

The United States is trying to marshall allies and prepare an unprecedented sanctions package if Moscow sends more troops. European Union member states claim that they may attack the Kremlin within a few days if necessary. The U.S.-led NATO alliance says its members are sending troops to “stand by” and sending ships and jets to strengthen the defense of Eastern Europe in response to Russia’s buildup, with Danish, Spanish and Dutch troops. He pointed out recent decisions on mobilization.

“NATO will continue to take all necessary steps to protect and protect all allies,” said NATO chief Jason Stoltenberg. Kremlin accused the alliance of increasing tensions through “information hysteria” and “concrete actions,” adding that the risk of an attack by Ukrainian troops on pro-Russian separatists was “very high.”

After the Kremlin stipulated a series of security demands to stop Ukraine from joining NATO and retreat its allies in Eastern Europe, EU foreign ministers said this week about a written response that Washington promised to provide to Moscow. Blame Brinken. EU foreign policy director Josep Borrell said the block has no plans to pull diplomatic personnel from Kiev while negotiations with Russia continue, and there is no need to “dramatically represent” the situation. Added.

“I’ve never seen it before”

The EU is working with the United States and other allies to put together a package of sanctions against Moscow in the hope that it will help Russia thwart military action. Foreign ministers are not expected to approve sanctions options yesterday, but EU sources said Russia’s huge oil and gas supply to Europe could be targeted.

“There is no doubt that we are ready to respond strongly to unprecedented comprehensive sanctions,” said Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod.
Blocks in 27 countries face the complex challenge of putting together a set of measures, as their members have very different approaches and relationships with Russia. The new government of Germany, the economic powerhouse, faced criticism from Kiev for refusing to send weapons to Ukraine and hesitation in calling for a reduction in Moscow from the global SWIFT payment system.

Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock argued that further invasions from Moscow would get a “clear reaction” from Europe and discussed the financial support Berlin would give to Kiev. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the block is preparing a € 1.2 billion emergency financial aid package for Ukraine. Britain, which left the EU at the end of 2020, stepped up its rhetoric with Moscow over the weekend, claiming that the Kremlin had information that it was trying to set up a “pro-Russia” leader in Kiev.

And yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Russia that the invasion might prove to be a “new Chechnya”-referring to the bloody conflict in Moscow in the 1990s over territory. Ireland, a non-NATO member, has warned of Russia’s military exercises off the southwest coast of the Atlantic high seas. Current fears of Russia’s aggression follow Moscow’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Kiev is already fighting low-level conflicts with Russian-backed rebels who control parts of the eastern part of the country that have claimed the lives of 13,000 people in the last eight years. – AFP

https://www.kuwaittimes.com/nato-bolsters-eastern-flank-as-fears-mount-over-ukraine-crisis/ NATO strengthens eastern side amid growing concerns about the Ukrainian crisis

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