The Russian Federation believes that its relations with US are not at the lowest point even as ties between the cold war rivals continue to severe. Since earlier this year, Russian has been amassing troops on its borders with Ukraine, prompting the US to warn against the imposition of tough sanctions. Regardless, Russian Deputy Foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov, speaking to Interfax News, said that Moscow-Washington relations hadn’t hit rock bottom and that Kremlin was seeking stable and predictable relations with the US.
Earlier, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace asserted that it was “highly unlikely” that the UK would, along with other NATO members, send troops to Ukraine in case of a Russian invasion. Ukraine is not a part of NATO but amidst border conflict, the West has vowed to fully support the ex-soviet satellite state.
According to Wallace, “He can all help with capacity building, but to some extent, Ukraine is not in NATO and that is why we are doing the best diplomatically to say to Putin don’t do this.”
Meanwhile, UK PM Boris Johnson recently offered a stern warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin stating that Moscow would face “significant consequences” in case it tries to invade Ukraine. Kremlin has completely denied the possibility of an invasion with Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov reasoning that the military buildup was in response to American troops near the country’s border.
Russia’s 41st army has been stationed in Yelnya, a town 260 kilometres north of the Ukrainian border. Moreover, recent satellite imagery reveals increased military activity from Russia's 144th Guards Motorized Rifle Division, according to a defence ministry’s statement. The Kremlin blamed the United States joint military exercises in the Black Sea behind Russia’s provocation.
“What we see is a significant, large Russian military build-up. We see an unusual concentration of troops. And we know that Russia has been willing to use these types of military capabilities before to conduct aggressive actions against Ukraine,” Stoltenberg had earlier said at a conference.