NATO sends ships and jets to eastern Europe in Ukraine crisis

24/1/2022 2:56:00 PM

NATO sends ships and jets to eastern Europe in Ukraine crisis

NATO sends ships and jets to eastern Europe in Ukraine crisis

BRUSSELS: NATO said on Monday (Jan 24) it was putting forces on standby and reinforcing eastern Europe with more ships and fighter jets in response to Russia\u0027s military build-up at Ukraine\u0027s borders. The move added to a flurry of signals that the West is bracing for an aggressive Russian move against Ukrai

BRUSSELS: NATO said on Monday (Jan 24) it was putting forces on standby and reinforcing eastern Europe with more ships and fighter jets in response to Russia's military build-up at Ukraine's borders.The move added to a flurry of signals that the West is bracing for an aggressive Russian move against Ukraine, though Moscow denies any plan to invade.

"I welcome allies contributing additional forces to NATO," the Western military alliance's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement."NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all allies, including by reinforcing the eastern part of the alliance."

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LinkedIn BRUSSELS: NATO said on Monday (Jan 24) it was putting forces on standby and reinforcing eastern Europe with more ships and fighter jets in response to Russia's military build-up at Ukraine's borders.Copy to clipboard https://str.Copy to clipboard https://str."It's plausible that the region is moving towards a kind of pandemic endgame," Dr Hans Kluge told AFP in an interview, adding that Omicron could infect 60 per cent of Europeans by March.

The move added to a flurry of signals that the West is bracing for an aggressive Russian move against Ukraine, though Moscow denies any plan to invade. "I welcome allies contributing additional forces to NATO," the Western military alliance's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement. "It's plausible that the region is moving towards a kind of pandemic endgame," Hans Kluge told AFP in an interview, adding that Omicron could infect 60 per cent of Europeans by March."NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all allies, including by reinforcing the eastern part of the alliance. But as Russian President Vladimir Putin has ramped up his threatening actions toward Ukraine, and talks between American and Russian officials have failed to discourage him, the administration is now moving away from its do-not-provoke strategy." Britain said it was withdrawing some staff and dependants from its embassy in Ukraine in response to"a growing threat from Russia", a day after the United States said it was ordering diplomats' family members to leave." "So we anticipate that there will be a period of quiet before Covid-19 may come back towards the end of the year, but not necessarily the pandemic coming back," Kluge said. "Military action by Russia could come at any time," the US Embassy said in a statement. The World Health Organisation (WHO) regional office for Africa also said last week that cases of Covid had plummeted in that region and deaths were declining for the first time since the Omicron-dominated fourth wave of the virus reached its peak.

Officials"will not be in a position to evacuate American citizens in such a contingency, so US citizens currently present in Ukraine should plan accordingly", it added. "There is a lot of talk about endemic but endemic means . The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk publicly about internal deliberations. US diplomats at the embassy in Kyiv were being allowed to leave voluntarily. The tensions over Ukraine have contributed to a rise in oil, with the latest Russia-US talks on Friday failing to produce any big breakthrough.. Russia is demanding that NATO withdraw a promise to let Ukraine join one day, and that the alliance pull back troops and weaponry from former Communist countries in eastern Europe that joined it after the Cold War. On Saturday, Britain accused Moscow of developing plans to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine. Washington says those demands are non-starters but it is ready to discuss other ideas on arms control, missile deployments and confidence-building measures. This virus has surprised (us) more than once so we have to be very careful", Kluge said..

The United States and the European Union have warned Russia not to invade Ukraine. Denmark said the EU was ready to impose"never-seen-before" economic sanctions and EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels said they would send a unified warning to Moscow.3 per cent a week earlier, the health body said. All of that is on the table. Related: Commentary: How Russia's armed conflict in Ukraine can play out TROOP BUILD-UP An estimated 100,000 Russian troops remain poised within reach of the Ukrainian border. Russia is awaiting a written response to its demands this week. Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it considered the US embassy move as"premature and a manifestation of excessive caution". More On This Topic. "We will be able to better resist, including to new variants", he told French television LCI.

"In fact, there have been no cardinal changes in the security situation recently: the threat of new waves of Russian aggression has remained constant since 2014 and the buildup of Russian troops near the state border began in April last year," it said. Britain said at the weekend it had information the Russian government was considering a former Ukrainian lawmaker has a potential candidate to head a pro-Russian puppet leadership in Kyiv. The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed the British allegation as"disinformation", accusing NATO of escalating tensions over Ukraine. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the EU did not plan to withdraw diplomats' families from Ukraine at the moment. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Germany would remain present in Ukraine for now but was evaluating the situation continuously. Because of the very fast spread of the variant across Europe, Dr Kluge said emphasis ought to be on"minimising disruption of hospitals, schools and the economy, and putting huge efforts on protecting the vulnerable", rather than measures to stop transmission.

Latvia warned its citizens not to travel to Ukraine except in cases of"urgent necessity". Lithuania's foreign minister said the West must make sanctions for Russia"unbearable" if it attacked Ukraine. Source: Reuters/gs .