The US is concerned about reports of “unusual” Russian military activity near Ukraine, the nation’s top diplomat said Wednesday.
Antony Blinken said any escalatory or aggressive actions would be “a great concern” to the US, during a joint news conference with Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
“We’re monitoring the region very closely. As we always do, we’ll continue to consult closely as well with allies and partners on this issue,” said Blinken.
The US is supporting de-escalation in the region and diplomatic resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, he noted. “We stand with Ukraine,” he said.
Kuleba hailed Washington for defending Ukraine’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of the ongoing Russian aggression.”
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“And I appreciate the messages that were conveyed to us today by our American partners. We are grateful for the readiness of the United States to expand cooperation with Ukraine,” said Kuleba. “The best way to deter aggressive Russia is to make it clear for the Kremlin that Ukraine is strong.”
Earlier this month, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said Russia continued its military buildup near its border and had 90,000 Russian troops, according to The Associated Press.
The Pentagon demanded on Wednesday that Moscow be transparent with the international community about its actions and intention in the region.
Anadolu with additional input by GVS News Desk