The US State Department considers Russia in the context of the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border as an “aggressor” and sees no signs that Kyiv took steps that provoked tension, US Foreign Ministry spokesman Ned Price said on Tuesday.
“Let me be clear: Russia is the aggressor in this situation. We have not seen any signs that Ukraine is engaged in provocations or provokes tension. What we have seen is a Russian disinformation campaign that is designed to falsely accuse Ukraine of actions actually committed by the Kremlin,” Price said at a briefing.
He confirmed that Washington is “concerned about the ongoing aggressive actions of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.”
Western states have recently expressed concern about the alleged increase in “aggressive actions” on the part of 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.
Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the internal Ukrainian conflict and is interested in Kyiv overcoming the political and economic crisis.