“The best thing would be not to see the Soviet Union invade Ukraine”: the head of the Pentagon confuses Russia with the former USSR


US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin suggested this Thursday that any response from his country to Moscow’s crackdown on Kiev be carried out in concert with the international community, saying he hoped not to see any “incursion” by Russia into the neighboring country.

During a meeting in Seoul with his South Korean counterpart Suh Wook, the senior US official commented on Russia’s alleged intention to invade Ukrainian territory and stated that Moscow has “a significant number of troops in the border region,” a situation that is “worrying ” may be. to Washington.

The Pentagon chief warned the Russian authorities that they must withdraw their troops from the border with Ukraine and stressed that the US would “use the best methods to deal with any situation that arises”. “And here, too, what we do will happen as part of an international community,” he said.

“However, it would be best not to see the Soviet Union invade Ukraine,” he emphasized. Confusion of Russia with the former USSR. “So we hope that Putin will become much more transparent and work to resolve the problems and concerns and lower the temperature in the regions,” he concluded.

“The transformation of our neighboring countries into a stepping stone for the confrontation with Russia is unacceptable”

Ukraine, a former Soviet republic aiming to join the European Union and NATO, has become the focus of tension between Russia and the West, whose relations have reached their worst in the three decades since the end of the war. Cold

Kiev had previously announced that Moscow had more than 90,000 military personnel stationed near its long shared border. Last November, several media outlets in western countries reported that US intelligence had warned its European allies that the likelihood of a Russian invasion of Ukraine would increase as winter progressed and that it could happen in a few weeks.

For his part, the Russian presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov pointed out that Russia “Accused of allegedly unusual military activity” on its territory by the same people “who brought their forces from across the ocean”, so the USA. “On another occasion, Moscow denounced the increasing militarization of Ukraine, which already has a dozen NATO troop stations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin previously claimed that the Atlantic Alliance had “deliberately destroyed all dialogue mechanisms” and stressed that his country will respond “appropriately” to military action that develop near its limits.

For his part, the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, pointed out that the Ukrainian government “is becoming more and more impudent” and that it cannot be ruled out that Kiev “will embark on a military adventure”. Lavrov claimed that all of these acts “A direct threat to the Russian Federation”.

In addition, the Russian Foreign Minister declared on Thursday that it was “categorically unacceptable” that Russia’s neighboring countries “A stepping stone to confrontation” with Moscow. “Turning our neighboring countries into a stepping stone for confrontation with Russia and stationing NATO forces near strategically important areas for our security is categorically unacceptable,” he said.

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