War between the West and Russia is “unavoidable” over Ukraine after US intelligence suggests Russian troops are along the country’s border, a military analyst has claimed
The reports suggest Russian President Vladimir Putin could be planning to invade its neighbour as early as next year.
The US Intelligence comes as Putin issues a warning to NATO regarding crossing "red lines" with tensions between the West and Russia ramping up.
As reported by The Express, Putin spoke at a Foreign Ministry board meeting to highlight tensions over strategic bombers flying 20km from Russia’s borders near the Black Sea.
Putin said: "We constantly express our concerns over these actions, talk about red lines but, of course, we understand that our partners are very peculiar and, to put it mildly, do not take all our warnings and talks on red lines seriously.
“Even though the relationships between Russia and our Western partners, including the United States, were just unique and these ties were almost at the level of allied relations, our concerns and precautions about NATO’s expansion to the East were absolutely ignored.”
He continued to discuss NATO military infrastructure, particularly in Poland and Romania.
Tensions continue to grow with the West and Russia as the US arrived in the Black Sea with their guided missile destroyer Porter, fleet replenishment oil tanker John Lenthall and command and staff ship Mount Whitney.
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According to Reuters, two U.S. Coast Guard ships have been given to Ukraine after the country said it feared an attack.
The ships will help boost the Ukrainian navy following the country losing most of its naval power following the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Writing for Russia Today, Glenn Diesen, Professor at the University of South-Eastern Norway, claimed war over Ukraine was “becoming increasingly unavoidable”.
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He said: “Red lines are about deterrence. The purpose of drawing them in the first place is to communicate crucial security interests and the severe consequences that would ensue if they were undermined.”
Speaking on Friday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said they are monitoring Russia’s activity around Ukraine and asked for Russia to show transparency in order to reduce tensions.
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