Hope in Ukraine crisis by first meeting by NATO-Russia Council For two years
, the west is increasingly trying to solve the conflict with Russia in view of the tensions in the Ukraine crisis. After a first round of talks between Washington and Russia did not bring a breakthrough, the NATO Russia Council in Brussels meets on Wednesday for the first time in Brussels. Russia's Vice-Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko spoke on Tuesday from the "hour of truth".
Sweden deploys military and armored on the Gotland Island in response to the aggravation of tensions between Russia and NATO member countries. © Frame
Swedish soldiers and armored vehicles landing on Gotland Island, the largest in the country . Stockholm deploys strengths, an unusual initiative in response to a rise in Russian activity in the region. Three ships circulated this week in the Baltic Sea crossing the Strait of the Grand Belt in Denmark. Sweden says taking serious tensions between Moscow and NATO member states.
"The armed forces take the necessary measures to safeguard the integrity of Sweden and demonstrate our ability to protect Sweden and Swedish interest," said Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist in an AFP email.
Russia holds live-fire drills with tanks and troops near Ukraine's border while expressing pessimism about talks with US
"It's too early to tell whether the Russians are serious about the path to diplomacy or not," the White House said on Tuesday.The drills came as the Kremlin expressed pessimism about diplomatic discussions with the US aimed at staving off a broader conflict. Russia in recent months has gathered tens of thousands of troops on Ukraine's border, prompting fears of an invasion.
At the end of a week of negotiations, both parties did not defuse tensions at the border between Russia and Ukraine. Kiev has undergone this week a cyberattack that paralyzed several dozens of governmental websites. The attack was not claimed, but the eyes are turning to Russia.
"We can clearly follow their signature. They are Russian specialists who perform these actions ... I'm sure 99.9%" says Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine.
At the origin of tensions: tanks and tens of thousands of Russian soldiers massaged at the border with Ukraine in recent weeks, prelude according to NATO to a possible invasion.
Moscow denies preparing a military offensive and asserts that it is an answer to the growing presence of the Atlantic Alliance in its sphere of influence.
Russia and NATO meet for make-or-break talks on Ukraine crisis
Representatives from Russia and NATO are meeting in Brussels on Wednesday for high-stakes talks aimed at defusing growing tensions over Russia's military buildup near the Ukraine border. © Olivier Matthys/AP NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, on Monday. The meeting of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) comes as the two sides are stuck in deadlock, with fears mounting that Russia could launch an invasion into Ukraine. Moscow has dismissed such claims.
neighbors of Russia, Norway, Denmark and Iceland - All three members of NATO-- and Sweden and Finland - Partnership of the Atlantic Alliance without being members - cooperate closely in matters regional security.
After the end of the Cold War, Stockholm has reduced its military spending. But after the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, Sweden strengthened its defense capabilities.
Sweden, which has not delivered any war for two centuries, restored the military military service in 2017 and reopened its garrison on Gotland Island in January 2018.
The island of Gotland is considered strategic because it is Find about 330 kilometers from Kaliningrad, the Russian fleet headquarters in the Baltic Sea. In 2019, Sweden deployed an antimissile sol-air defense system.
Biden weighing deployment of US troops to NATO allies: report .
President Biden is reportedly weighing the deployment of U.S. troops to NATO allies amid increased tensions with Russia and concerns that Moscow is planning an invasion of Ukraine.The New York Times, citing unidentified administration officials, reported that Biden is considering sending troops to allied countries in the Baltics and Eastern Europe, a move that would increase the U.S. military's presence across the globe at a time when diplomatic conversations between Washington and Moscow appear to be at a stalemate. Biden met with senior Pentagon officials at Camp David on Sunday, when the top officials presented him with a number of options that would move U.S.