US Secretary of State Antony Blinken repeated Saturday that his nation has “actual issues” about Russia’s actions and statements on Ukraine, as tensions construct.
“We’ve got actual issues about Russia’s uncommon navy exercise on the border with Ukraine. We’ve got actual issues about a few of the rhetoric we now have been seeing and listening to from Russia in addition to in social media,” Blinken instructed reporters on a go to to Senegal.
Blinken mentioned the issues have been “broadly shared” by US allies however declined to say whether or not US intelligence believed Russian President Vladimir Putin was aiming to grab land from Ukraine.
“We don’t know what President Putin’s intentions are. However we do know what’s occurred up to now. We all know the playbook of attempting to quote some illusory provocation from Ukraine or every other nation and utilizing that as an excuse for what Russia plans to do all alongside,” Blinken mentioned.
He was referring to the disaster that erupted in 2014 when Russia, following the toppling of a Ukrainian authorities that had resisted strikes in direction of the West, seized the Crimea peninsula and backed separatists waging a battle in Ukraine’s largely Russian-speaking east.
Putin on Thursday accused Western nations of escalation the Ukraine battle by holding drills within the Black Sea and flying bombers close to its borders.