Recently, fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces intensified in eastern Ukraine. At the same time, Russia has deployed more forces along the border with separatist-held areas in eastern Ukraine.
And it raised international fears of an escalation of the conflict. But President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied that the Russians had plans for war.
Of course, nobody has plans to go to war, Peskov said Sunday.
Peskov still claims that Russia is not involved in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, but he says that Russia will not be “indifferent” to the fate of Russian speakers who live in the conflict-torn regions of eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine accuses Russia of deploying thousands of troops along the northern and eastern borders with Ukraine and in the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014.
The Kremlin does not deny mustering troops, but it still insists that they have no plans to threaten anyone.
Both the United States and Europe warn of an escalation of the conflict.
The United States with severe warning
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken warns Russia that it will have consequences if Russia “acts forcefully” against Ukraine.
Blinken came up with the warning in an interview with NBC television on Sunday.
President Biden is crystal clear on this. If Russia acts irresponsibly or aggressively, it will cost, and it will have consequences, Blinken said.
Russia recently built forces along the border with separatist-held areas in eastern Ukraine. But a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin says the Russians want to avoid a war against Ukraine.