26 September 2022
SecDef: I spoke today with Polish Defense Minister @mblaszczak about Russia's military buildup around Ukraine. Our continuing close security relationship with Poland is critical to deterrence along @NATO's Eastern Flank.
Over two dozen Russian diplomats forced to leave embassy in Washington at request of State Department, ambassador says
Head of office of President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak at press-conference says audit of Minsk agreements, Normandy Four agreements were made. Confirmed unconditional ceasefire. Confirmed different interpretation of Minsk agreement between Russia and Ukraine
Putin's deputy Kozak: next meeting of "Normandy Four" in 2 weeks in Berlin. Main issue - different interpretation of Minsk agreements, but all parties unconditionally agreed on ceasefire
Normandy Four meeting at advisors level ended in Paris after 8.5 hours
Sen. @ChrisMurphyCT says he is "skeptical" that conflict with Russia over Ukraine can be solved with diplomacy
The ruse of military "exercises" can be used to launch an attack, Sec Gen Stoltenberg recalls from the buildup ahead of the annexation of Crimea. Russia has said it wants more transparency with exercises. NATO says the alliance is ready anytime
[email protected]'s @jensstoltenberg calls Russian deployment of combat-ready troops, S400 missile defense system and aircraft to Belarus is "significant". Also notes Russia has history of using exercises "as a pretext, a disguise for aggressive military actions"
"Tensions are increasing" because of Russia, per @NATO's @jensstoltenberg. "We see also more troops not only in and around Ukraine but also in Belarus. Highly capable, combat ready troops" & advanced systems, like the S400
Are we closer to war? "Tensions are increasing. Russia continues its military buildup. And we see also more troops, not only in and around Ukraine, but also now in Belarus, where Russia is in the process of deploying thousands of combat troops." - Stoltenberg
Its "no secret we are far apart," says @jensstoltenberg of NATO and Russia. He says that's why it's even more important to look at proposals and identify areas to work together
"This is about respecting nations and their right to choose their own path" per @NATO's @jensstoltenberg, says of Ukraine, Georgia and potential membership "That is a principle Russia has subscribed to many times"
To deploy the NATO Response Force, Stoltenberg says, "we need a decision" by the North Atlantic Council. "That decision will be made if necessary and we will deploy if necessary"
"While we are working for a good solution," says NATO Sec Gen Stoltenberg, "we are also prepared for the worst." "We have plans in place we could execute on very short notice." Some of those plans date from Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2014
"This is about respecting the right of self-determination" per @NATO's @jensstoltenberg, asked about Ukraine
NATO Secretary General: Russia must recognize the right of every country to define its military alliances
"We will take all necessary measures to protect and defend all allies" per @NATO SecGen @jensstoltenberg
[email protected] calls on Russia to withdraw forces from Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova where @SecGen @jensstoltenberg says they are deployed without consent
On European security, @jensstoltenberg says "we are prepared to listen to Russia's concerns & engage in a real conversation on how to uphold & strengthen the fundamental principlesthis including the right of each nation to choose its own security arrangements"
"We face a critical moment in Euro-Atlantic security," NATO Secretary General says, adding the alliance has conveyed its written responses to Russia "in parallel with the United States"
Military convoy filmed in Rostov region8 month ago
Military convoy filmed in Rostov region
"It is not a formal negotiating document," @SecBlinken says of US response to Russia. He says @POTUS was intimately involved in drafting of it over recent days as were allies
On the prospect of sanctions against Putin, @SecBlinken says "As the president said, everything is on the table"
US has "absolute confidence in German solidarity" said @SecBlinken when asked about Berlin ruling out sending lethal weapons to Ukraine
Blinken: more deliveries [of weapons to Ukraine] expected in days to come
In response to a question from @APDiploWriter on the contents of the document sent to Russia, @SecBlinken replies: "It reiterates what we said publicly for many weeks and for many years" that we'll uphold @NATO principles and "the commitment that we're bound to"
Blinken says USG may not be able to help Americans leave in the event of a conflict
Blinken says that while State Dept has taken steps to shrink US diplomatic footprint in Ukraine, and has urged Americans to leave, embassy remains operational
"It remains up to Russia to decide how to respond. We're ready either way" - Secretary Blinken
Blinken says US response included proposals for joint US-Russian steps related to transparency on troops and exercises, and steps on missiles in Europe and a potential follow-on to New START
Secretary of State Blinken says he'll be briefing members of Congress about the written responses to Russia. He says they don't intend to release the document publicly because they want the discussions to remain private and in good faith. He hopes Russia does the same
Blinken says US written reply to Russia "sets out a serious diplomatic path should Russia choose it." Says US did not compromise on principles regarding Ukrainian sovereignty and ability to join NATO. Proposed other arms control measures to de-escalate tensions
[email protected] says Ambassador Sullivan has delivered the US response to Moscow's demands to the Russians
8 month ago
Moscow received US written response to its security proposals - Russian Foreign Ministry
Counselor of the Department of State Derek Chollet: Called Hungarian State Secretary Péter Sztáray to discuss our diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the tension caused by Russia's military build-up and continued aggression against Ukraine. We also spoke about Hungary's contributions to @NATO and our military & security cooperation
[email protected] notes Russia has moved "..logistics and sustainment and medical support and aviation support, I mean, it's the whole combined force, combined arms approach is how I would describe it." (US was watching closely for signs of this)
8 month ago
US hands over response to security proposals to Russia, - Bloomberg reports
8 month ago
The US Ambassador arrived at the Russian Foreign Ministry
A Western intelligence official says Russia has brought in many of the enablers it was lacking, including medical and logistics, to carry out a potential military operation against Ukraine
8 month ago
Britain is in talks to send thousands of extra troops to Eastern Europe *before* any potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, reports CNN. US and a handful of Nato allies (including UK) are reportedly considering sending a 1,000-strong battlegroup each
Iran chief negotiator Bagheri met Russian chief negotiator this morning and EU's Mora in the evening. Bagheri will later have a session with EU and E3 chief negotiators later in the days. Experts are also meeting in parallel8 month ago
Iran chief negotiator Bagheri met Russian chief negotiator this morning and EU's Mora in the evening. Bagheri will later have a session with EU and E3 chief negotiators later in the days. Experts are also meeting in parallel
The Russian Ambassador to Ireland has said that he would be willing to meet groups of fisherman to negotiate a settlement
Trucks with missiles containers filmed in Vladimir region8 month ago
Trucks with missiles containers filmed in Vladimir region
8 month ago
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier today that depending on the content of this response, which he said is "expected this week," Russian officials will prepare "proposals for the president [Putin] regarding our next steps
The Biden admin is set to send Russia a written response to concerns Moscow has publicly released & US proposals on a path forward as soon as today, but the response is unlikely to characterize the likelihood of Ukraine joining NATO in the short term
Military convoy filmed in Smolensk
8 month ago
Boris Johnson has warned Putin that if Russia invades Ukraine, the UK will look to contribute to "any new Nato deployment to protect our allies in Europe"
8 month ago
Germany to ship 5000 military helmets to Ukraine amid tensions with Russia, German Defence Minister Lambrecht says
8 month ago
Lavrov: Russia will not publish the written response that Washington will provide on security guarantees at its request
Military convoy filmed in Rostov-on-Don
The meeting of political advisers of the "Normandy Four" began in Paris, according to the Russian embassy
Putin held video conference with heads of big Italian businesses8 month ago
Putin held video conference with heads of big Italian businesses
Military echelon with main battle tanks in Kaluga region
8 month ago
Russia's Lavrov says if we do not receive a constructive answer from the west on our security demands, Moscow will take appropriate measures
8 month ago
Lavrov: Russia is not ready to hold talks with the European Union on Ukraine
8 month ago
Russian Foreign Ministry: the evolution of the military situation in Europe and the world has reached a dangerous point
Russian Logistic vehicles passing through Osipovichi, Belarus8 month ago
Russian Logistic vehicles passing through Osipovichi, Belarus
Video of T-72B3 tanks and BMP-3 from the Southern Military District's 150th Motorized Rifle Division moving to the Kadamovsky and Kuzminsky training areas as part of the district combat readiness check8 month ago
Video of T-72B3 tanks and BMP-3 from the Southern Military District's 150th Motorized Rifle Division moving to the Kadamovsky and Kuzminsky training areas as part of the district combat readiness check
8 month ago
Foreign sec @trussliz says "we've ruled nothing out" re sanctions against Russia in event of incursion in Ukraine
8 month ago
Russian police have added Navalny's brother Oleg to a national wanted list
8 month ago
Head of Russian Federation council accused Ukraine in preparations of military operation to restore control over occupied parts of Donbas. Ukraine repeatedly in last days refused such claims, reiterating only peaceful solution exists
Video of readiness check of Iskander units in Marshala Zhukova town and Boguchar
Video of readiness check of Iskander units in Marshala Zhukova town and Boguchar
At least 3 @FinnishAirForce F/A-18 Hornets flying in formation with United States Air Force KC-135R over Finland yesterday: 62-3551 as QID118 month ago
At least 3 @FinnishAirForce F/A-18 Hornets flying in formation with United States Air Force KC-135R over Finland yesterday: 62-3551 as QID11
8 month ago
Anonymous data of 48 million Russian certificates of vaccination against covid from the application "Gosuslugi STOP Coronavirus" put up for sale on the darknet
US warns Belarus of 'decisive' response if assists Russian invasion of Ukraine
8 month ago
Russian Northern Fleet launched exercise with 30 vessels, 140 vehicles, 20 aircraft and 1200 servicemen
This afternoon, a Norwegian P-3C Orion followed a Russian group of vessels off the Norwegian coast. The Russians sailed legally in international waters, but Norway continuously follows all movements in the High North8 month ago
This afternoon, a Norwegian P-3C Orion followed a Russian group of vessels off the Norwegian coast. The Russians sailed legally in international waters, but Norway continuously follows all movements in the High North
[email protected] Says written responses have not yet been transmitted to Russia but noted that Ukraine was consulted and given a preview of what will be in the report. "There will be no surprises," he said
Productive meeting of Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs @WBHoekstra and @jensstoltenberg, exchanging views on Russia's unprovoked military buildup in & around Ukraine, importance of NATO-EU cooperation and the upcoming NATO summit in Madrid
The elements of the S-300V SAM system reportedly in Bryansk
[email protected] during a public event talking about Europe's dependency on Russian gas as a factor in the current crisis & refers to Trump's administration proposal on Europe buying gas from the US and the European reluctance about this back then
Military echelon filmed in Arzamas8 month ago
Military echelon filmed in Arzamas
Military convoy at Yelets-Oryol highway8 month ago
Military convoy at Yelets-Oryol highway
Kirby characterizes the Russian troop buildup as "consistent — not dramatic" increases in troop presence along the Ukrainian border and in Belarus over the past weeks. No specific action named as the catapult for the decision to place U.S. troops on high alert
"We're watching this very closely. We have seen a consistent accumulation of combat power" per @PentagonPresSec on Russia firepower arrayed along border with Ukraine "Multiple domain capability. It's the whole combined force"
US assessment is that a Russian invasion of Ukraine "remains imminent," WH Press Sec Psaki says
Military convoy near Klintsy to Belarus8 month ago
Military convoy near Klintsy to Belarus
Secretary Blinken:I had a productive conversation with UK Foreign Secretary @trussliz on the importance of a coordinated response to Russian aggression on its border with Ukraine and on countering Beijing's economic coercion
8 month ago
German Chancellor: Russia's threats to Ukraine will cost it dearly
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