Sunday, November 28

Ukraine asked for new weapons.. Putin accuses the West of overstepping “all borders” with its maneuvers in the Black Sea

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the recent exercises conducted by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the Black Sea exceeded all limits, and considered that the West was not taking his country’s warnings seriously enough.

In a speech to foreign policy officials in Moscow, the Russian President indicated that the flight of NATO strategic bombers 20 kilometers from the borders of his country exceeds all permissible limits.

He added that the West deals “very superficially” with Russia’s warnings about crossing the “red lines”, and accused the Western camp of fueling the conflict in Ukraine by conducting Black Sea maneuvers and sending strategic bombers, at a time when Washington accuses Moscow of massing its forces near the Ukrainian border.

“Our Western partners are escalating the situation by providing Kiev with modern lethal weapons and by conducting provocative military exercises,” he said.

Ukraine asks for support

On the other hand, Kiev announced today, Thursday, that it is seeking additional military aid from its Western allies, after they expressed concern about the movements of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told reporters that his country is seeking political support and agreements in order to “supply our army with more defensive weapons.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said a few days ago that Russia had amassed about 100,000 fighters on his country’s borders.

In the same context, on Wednesday, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed his country’s concern about Russian military movements near the Ukrainian border, and the testing of anti-satellite weapons, and said that Washington was not sure of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions.

Relations between Kiev and Moscow have been experiencing escalating tension for nearly seven years due to Russia’s annexation of the Crimea peninsula and its support for separatists loyal to it in eastern Ukraine.

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Reference-www.aljazeera.net

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