The latest information from the border between Russia Y Ukraine they remain “not encouraging” about a de-escalation, despite the announcement of a withdrawal of certain troops and an “opening” of the “dialogue” by Moscow, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday.
“The information we are seeing today is not encouraging. Russian field hospitals are being built near the border with Ukraine in Belarus which can only be interpreted as a preparation for an invasion” and “more tactical groups of battalions are approaching the border,” he said.
Thus, despite the fact that “we are seeing a Russian opening to dialogue”, there are also “contradictory signs”, he affirmed. Johnson calling on Western countries to stand “steadfast and united” in the face of possible economic sanctions, particularly against Russian companies on the London financial markets.
Western countries fear that the more than 100,000 Russian soldiers gathered on the borders with Ukraine are preparing an invasion of that country.
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Moscow, which already annexed Crimea in 2014 and has supported pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine for eight years, denies these accusations and says it feels threatened by NATO’s expansion into Eastern Europe.
Thus, it demands guarantees that Ukraine will not enter the Atlantic Alliance and that this organization will withdraw its military infrastructure from Eastern Europe.