Russia Spots Potential Diplomacy Amid Ukraine Tension

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Moscow had no plans on invading anyone, said Russian Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov; however, he said that it was not important to push Russia to reconsider. This was after an eruption of diplomatic activity on Monday and Tuesday.

Russia has reiterated its denial of intentions to invade Ukraine through representatives, the president, and now Chizhov.

The US and its allies have been on alert of a Russian attack anytime soon, with more than 100,000 troops positioned along the borders with Ukraine.

In 2014, Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. This action has led to a long-running row in the eastern side of that country where separatists supported by Russia control swathes of territory, and over 14,000 people have died since then. 

Thursday, the Russian Federation will begin a 10-day joint military drill in Ukraine’s northern neighbor and Russia’s direct ally, Belarus. An initial 30 thousand soldiers from their armed forces have been invited to take part. 

A Kremlin spokesperson said that the joint drills were critical; the nature of the brewing war is higher than ever. 

However, after the exercises, Russian soldiers placed in Belarus would head back to their permanent headquarters, stated Chizhov in an interview.

Jen Psaki, a White House spokeswoman, said that drills were “escalatory” in the middle of an increasing crisis between the two nations.

There is some recommendation that a resumed emphasis on the Minsk agreements—which aims to conclude the dispute in eastern Ukraine—could be utilized as a basis to reduce the current tension following a two-day diplomacy headed by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The agreement was supported by European countries such as Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany. 

Some ambassadors have approved of these recommendations, saying that they could provide a path to stop or minimize further escalation. France’s ambassador to the United States Phillipe Etienne said on Twitter, they should be utilized to “build a viable political solution.”


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