MADRID, Feb. 3 (Royals Blue) –
Russian authorities on Thursday accused the US government of seeking an “increase in tension” in relation to Ukraine by deploying troops to the region.
The Kremlin spokesman, Dimitri Peskov, has pointed out that it is “clear” that Washington’s actions are not aimed at “reducing tension” but “increasing it”, according to information from the Sputnik news agency.
In this sense, he clarified that the concern of the Russian Government “is totally justified”, as well as the measures that can be taken to “guarantee the interests and security” of the country.
The Kremlin’s words come a day after the president of the United States, Joe Biden, authorized the sending of more soldiers to Eastern Europe, in a clear gesture of support for its allies in the face of potential threats from Russia, which has deployed to more than 100,000 troops near the borders with Ukraine.
Defense Department spokesman John Kirby has confirmed to the media the repositioning of thousands of troops in Poland, Germany and Romania. According to government sources quoted this Wednesday by several North American media, including the CNN network or the newspaper ‘The Washington Post’, the changes will become effective “in the coming days.
The United States had already put 8,500 troops on notice in case the Alliance needed a rapid deployment, although for now everything will be done in accordance with bilateral agreements, according to Kirby, who has wanted to separate both initiatives.
Shortly after, the White House announced that it will stop calling a hypothetical Russian invasion of Ukraine “imminent” since such a position could imply that Russian President Vladimir Putin has already made a decision on the matter.
“We stopped using it because I think it gave a message that we had no intention of giving, which was that we knew that President Putin had made a decision,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a news conference. Last week, Psaki referred to a hypothetical invasion as “imminent”, although she has now decided to back down.
This rectification comes a few days after the Ukrainian authorities criticized the rhetoric adopted by the United States, considering that such statements could generate “panic” at the international level.