The United States welcomes the withdrawal of Russian troops from the border with Ukraine, and is in discussions with Moscow, said US National Security Adviser John Sullivan.
“We have noted the fact that they have withdrawn a significant number of their forces from the border and returned them to their usual bases. This is a constructive step,” Sullivan said, speaking at the Aspen Forum.
“Our goal is to be attentive, public, and say without ambiguity that we support and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, but then we also use confidential high-level diplomatic contacts to communicate with the Russians on how to approach this situation. This is along with consultations with the Germans, the French, and others,” Sullivan said. Western states have previously expressed concern about the alleged increase in “aggressive actions” by Russia in Ukraine. Washington announced the escalation of “Russian aggression” and the movement of Russian troops in Crimea and on the eastern border of Ukraine. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that Russia moves troops within its territory and discretion. According to him, this does not threaten anyone and should not worry anyone.