NATO to discuss Russian intent near Ukraine

NATO to discuss Russian intent near Ukraine

NATO foreign ministers will discuss on Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin’s possible intent for massing Russian troops on Ukraine’s borders, and what the alliance’s response should be, as Belarus announced joint military drills with Russia.



Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to brief his 29 NATO counterparts on the U.


intelligence picture on the alliance’s eastern flank and in Ukraine, which is not a NATO member, during the meeting in the Latvian capital, Riga.

“We don’t have any clarity about the intentions of Russia, but what we know is that, there is an unusual concentration of Russian military forces close to Ukraine,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

“We see heavy capabilities, we see armoured units, drones, electronic warfare systems and we see tens of thousands combat-ready Russian troops.

The Western military alliance is alarmed by the Russian military presence on Ukraine’s borders, the second build-up this year.

In May, Russian troops numbered 100,000 on the Ukraine border, the largest number since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Western officials say.

Belarus on Monday announced joint military drills with Russia on its border with Ukraine and accused NATO of building up offensive capabilities near its borders.

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