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NATO sees ‘no de-escalation’ on Ukraine’s borders

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Russia continues to strengthen its large military presence on the borders with Ukraine, said Wednesday the NATO Secretary General, who sees “at this stage” no sign of de-escalation despite statements from Moscow.

We haven’t seen any de-escalation on the ground at this point. On the contrary, it appears that Russia continues to strengthen its military presence […] Russia can still invade Ukraine without warning, capabilities are in place with more than 100,000 troops, said Jens Stoltenberg at the start of a meeting with Alliance defense ministers in Brussels.

The reinforcement of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border continues to be a cause for concernconfirmed German Minister Christine Lambrecht.

We have heard messages from Moscow regarding its willingness to continue diplomatic efforts, and we are ready to discuss. But Russia must walk the talk, withdraw its forces, ease tensionsadded Jens Stoltenberg.

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We are following very closely what Russia is doing. We have seen troops and heavy equipment coming in and then troops withdrawing, but the equipment and abilities remain in placehe pointed out.

We want to see a real, lasting withdrawal, not just an incessant troop movement (…) We are ready to reunite with Russia, but we are preparing for the worst. »

A quote from Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General

There are signs that give us hope. But it is important to observe closely if these words are followed by deedssaid the German minister.

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