After Russia stationed soldiers in Belarus and launched bombers over the North Sea, the U.S. warned Vladimir Putin that to invade Ukraine would be a severe mistake.
Vice President Harris blasted dictator Alexander Lukashenko’s’ “very disturbing activities” on Poland’s border. At the same time, Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused him of exploiting migration as a political weapon against the EU.
After Russia conducted bombing exercises with Belarusian forces and bolstered up soldiers along its border with Ukraine, Harris spoke about the situation during a press conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron, causing the U.S. to restate its “ironclad” commitment to Ukrainian security.
‘On the issue of Belarus and what is happening at the border with Poland, we are very concerned about that and closely paying attention to it,’ she said. She also gave a warning to President Alexander Lukashenko’s government.
‘The Lukashenko regime, I believe is engaged in the very troubling activity. It is something that I discussed with President Macron, and the eyes of the world and its leaders are watching what is happening there,’ she said.
Defiant apparatchiks in Minsk hit back when Defence Minister Viktor Khrenin accused western nations of attempting to initiate conflict through ultimatums, threats, and extortion, threatening to respond brutally to any strikes.
It comes after Russia and Belarus staged quick paratrooper drills barely 20 miles from a border crossing where hundreds of migrants are congregated, claiming it was to “test the readiness” of their soldiers. At the same time, two Russian bombers flew near the UK, reported Daily Mail.
“Such headlines do nothing more than pointlessly and groundlessly fuel tensions. Russia does not pose a threat to anyone,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Peskov also stated that Russia must protect itself against growing provocations near its borders.
On Thursday, Russia claimed to have chased a British surveillance plane out of the Black Sea region. Meanwhile, a pair of Russian bombers were stopped by British fighter fighters as they flew over the North Sea.
Amid the escalating migrant crisis, which Putin is fueling, British troops have been dispatched to help Poland’s border with Belarus.
Mariusz Blaszczak, Poland’s defense minister, said British Royal Engineers are assisting Polish forces in a “reconnaissance” mission.
Due to an increase in military activity near the Belarusian border, the Belarusian military stated the drill featuring a battalion of Russian paratroopers was intended to test the preparedness of the allies’ fast response forces.
According to Russian officials, the troops were only moved to the border for drills and in response to heightened NATO activities along the border.
The Kremlin has repeatedly warned that the West is playing with fire by stationing warships in the Black Sea, citing the risks of a conflict, reported The Sun.
They complained that in less than 24 hours, two US warships and four NATO spy planes were sent near to Crimea.