Nordic Countries Concerned About Russia’s Military Activity Near Ukraine’s Borders | News from Germany about Europe | Dw

The Nordic countries are alarmed by Russia’s actions on the border with Ukraine. A joint statement by the Ministers of Defense of Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden, released on Tuesday December 21, indicated that they are following developments in and around Ukraine with great concern.

“Russia’s recent military activity, especially the extreme concentration of troops near Ukraine’s borders, is alarming and could have a destabilizing effect on our overall security environment,” the statement posted on the website of the Finnish Defense Ministry said. The document emphasizes that the states of Northern Europe continue to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine, its sovereignty and the right to determine its own foreign policy and security policy without outside interference.

Pulling Russian troops to the Ukrainian border

In October, reports began to arrive about the pulling together of Russian troops to the border with Ukraine. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that up to 100 thousand Russian troops were deployed near the borders of his country. US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland suggested that Russia could invade Ukraine in early 2022. The United States and other Western countries have threatened the Russian Federation with the toughest sanctions in case of such a scenario.

Moscow constantly denies information about the impending invasion of Ukraine and, for its part, accuses NATO of arming Kiev and conducting maneuvers near the borders of Russia. On December 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the United States for escalating tensions in Europe.

Last week, Russia demanded to rule out Ukraine’s joining NATO and suggested that the alliance abandon military operations in countries neighboring Russia. The Foreign Ministry included the relevant provisions in the draft security treaty, which was sent to Washington. The United States stated that a dialogue with Moscow on security guarantees is possible only under conditions of de-escalation at the borders of Ukraine and in coordination with European allies and partners.

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