The USA has accused Russia of undermining the de-escalation of the situation in Donbas. The head of the press service of the US Department of State, Ned Price, made the statement.
Price noted that Russia’s actions on the border with Ukraine are detrimental to the de-escalation of tensions, which is ensured by the agreement of July 2020, brokered by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
The State Department spokesman also said that the United States had asked Russia to explain itself for “provocations” in the form of troop movements near the Russian-Ukrainian border. Price stressed that the United States was concerned about any attempts by Moscow to intimidate Kiev, regardless of whether these included actions inside the Ukrainian border or on Russian territory. According to him, the U.S. supports Ukraine as its partner in this situation.
On April 1, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky accused Russia of “playing with its muscles” on the border. Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran then had a conversation with Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin. During the meeting, Kiev’s representative pointed to the “systemic escalation of the situation” and accused Russia of not wanting to “reaffirm its commitment to the cease-fire regime.