blinken: US has ‘actual issues’ over Russia on Ukraine: Blinken – Times of India

DARKAR: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken repeated Saturday that his nation has “real concerns” about Russia’s actions and statements on Ukraine, as tensions construct.
“We have real concerns about Russia’s unusual military activity on the border with Ukraine. We have real concerns about some of the rhetoric we have been seeing and hearing from Russia as well as in social media,” Blinken advised reporters on a go to to Senegal.
Blinken stated the issues had been “widely shared” by US allies however declined to say whether or not US intelligence believed Russian President Vladimir Putin was aiming to grab land from Ukraine.
“We don’t know what President Putin’s intentions are. But we do know what’s happened in the past. We know the playbook of trying to cite some illusory provocation from Ukraine or any other country and using that as an excuse for what Russia plans to do all along,” Blinken stated.
He was referring to the disaster that erupted in 2014 when Russia, following the toppling of a Ukrainian authorities that had resisted strikes in the direction of the West, seized the Crimea peninsula and backed separatists waging a battle in Ukraine’s largely Russian-speaking east.
Putin on Thursday accused Western nations of escalation the Ukraine battle by holding drills within the Black Sea and flying bombers close to its borders.

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