Significant US and NATO national security interests are “at stake” in the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border, the chairman of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces (AF), General Mark Milley said, Reuters reported.
The US, Milley said, sees enough signs of Russian military activity near the Ukrainian border to cause “great concern.” According to the general, lately, Russian rhetoric is allegedly becoming harsher and harsher.
“The significant national security interests of the US and NATO member countries are at stake if there is an overt act of aggressive military action by Russia against a nation-state that has been independent since 1991,” Milley argued.
He declined to speculate about what options the United States might consider in the event of an alleged “invasion.” Recently in the West and Ukraine, there have been more and more statements about the allegedly possible “invasion” of Russia into Ukrainian territory.
The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, called such information an empty and groundless escalation of tension, stressing that Russia poses no threat to anyone.
At the same time, he did not rule out the possibility of provocations to justify such statements. He warned that attempts to resolve the problem by force in southeastern Ukraine would have severe consequences.