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Russia says some troops being pulled back, but tension remains high amid Ukraine crisis

Written by on February 15, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned Moscow is prepared for talks with the U.S. and NATO on limits for missile deployments and navy transparency, a second sign Tuesday of a possible stress launch within the battle between Russia and the West over Ukraine. 

Simply hours earlier, Russia mentioned it could ship house some troops from navy workouts, which have raised fears of an invasion of Ukraine.

Talking after talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Putin mentioned that whereas the U.S. and NATO rejected Moscow’s demand to maintain Ukraine and different ex-Soviet nations out of NATO, halt weapons deployments close to Russian borders and roll again alliance forces from Jap Europe, they’ve agreed to debate some safety measures already urged by Russia.

Putin mentioned Russia is able to interact in talks on limiting the deployment of intermediate vary missiles in Europe, transparency of drills and different confidence-building measures however emphasised the necessity for the West to heed Russia’s most important calls for.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke along with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Tuesday morning, as efforts to de-escalate the navy state of affairs round Ukraine picked up.

The decision with Russia’s international minister got here hours after Moscow mentioned it began pulling again some troop models collaborating in navy workouts close to Ukraine’s border.

Across the similar time of Lavrov name, President Joe Biden spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron, in accordance with the White Home.

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Russia’s protection ministry claimed Tuesday that it began pulling again some troop models collaborating in navy workouts close to Ukraine’s border, however it gave no particular particulars on the place the troops have been pulling again from, or what number of.

Ukrainian officers mentioned it was too early to inform whether or not the announcement mirrored a real change of tone from Moscow following weeks of tensions over fears of a Russian invasion. 

“As with all issues Russia, actions converse louder than phrases,” Deputy Nationwide Safety Adviser Daleep Singh advised CNBC on Tuesday morning. “We’ll monitor the whole lot that we see on the bottom very fastidiously. And naturally, our objective is peace and to uphold the precept you can’t redraw borders by drive.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 15, 2022. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) ORG XMIT: XAZ135

“If there is a troop or a tank that crosses the border, we’re able to impose probably the most extreme sanctions ever levied on Russia in lockstep with our allies and companions,” he mentioned.

The obvious growth got here a day after Russia’s foreign minister indicated the country was ready to keep talking concerning the safety grievances that led to the Ukraine disaster – Europe’s worst East-West standoff in a long time – and western officers warned the assault might come at any time, signaling Wednesday as a doable invasion day.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has repeatedly accused the West of inflicting undue panic over Russia’s invasion risk, saying Ukraine’s intelligence didn’t point out an imminent risk. The fears of an invasion grew from the truth that Russia has massed greater than 130,000 troops close to Ukraine. Russia denies it has any invasions plans.

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Ukraine’s leaders expressed skepticism about Russia’s reported pullback.

“Russia always makes numerous statements,” Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba mentioned. “That is why we have now the rule: We can’t imagine after we hear, we’ll imagine after we see. Once we see troops pulling out, we’ll imagine in de-escalation.”

Moscow needs ensures that NATO is not going to enable Ukraine and different former Soviet nations to affix the navy alliance. It additionally needs the alliance to halt weapons deployments to Ukraine and roll again its forces from Jap Europe.

The Kremlin has solid the U.S. warnings of an imminent assault as “hysteria” and “absurdity,” and lots of Russians imagine that Washington is intentionally stoking panic and fomenting tensions to set off a battle for home causes. 

Zelenskyy declared Wednesday can be a “day of nationwide unity,” calling on the nation to show the blue-and-yellow flag and sing the nationwide anthem.

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Contributing: Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY; Related Press