The Ukrainian crisis .. Britain warns of an imminent Russian danger and Moscow accuses the West of deception

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of a clear and imminent danger of Russian military intervention in Ukraine, while Moscow said the West had not met its main security demands, accusing it of deception.

Speaking at a news conference with the Ukrainian president in Kiev, Johnson said that Moscow’s strategic interests would face sanctions if Russia invaded Ukrainian territory.

For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the conflict with Russia means a large-scale war in Europe, and Zelensky described the start of the Russian escalation against his country as a tragedy.

On the other hand, the Voice of America reported that US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will travel to Europe to meet with NATO Defense Ministers (NATO) on the 16th and 17th of this month, in light of the escalating tension with Russia over its military buildup near Ukraine.

Bloomberg also revealed that the US administration has informed the Kremlin that it is ready to allow Russia to verify that NATO bases in Poland and Romania are free of offensive Tomahawk missiles, in an effort to allay Moscow’s concerns.

The US State Department told Al Jazeera that Washington had consulted with its allies and partners, including Ukraine, before responding to Russia about giving it a mechanism to verify the absence of Tomahawk missiles in Romania and Poland.

The US State Department demanded that Moscow withdraw its forces from the border with Ukraine, and said that it had not seen Russian signs of de-escalation.

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On the other hand, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the United States and NATO had ignored Russia’s concerns in their response to security guarantees over Ukraine and Europe’s eastward expansion.

This came at the end of talks he held with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in the Kremlin, according to what Russia Today reported.

Putin added that Moscow had not received an appropriate answer from Washington and Brussels to the three central Russian demands not to extend NATO to the east, to abandon the deployment of offensive weapons near Russia’s borders, and to return the military structure of the alliance in Europe to the lines of 1997.

He added in this regard, “They promised us that NATO would not advance an inch towards the east, but they deceived us and acted differently.”

Putin accused the United States of trying to contain his country and using Ukraine as a tool, warning that Washington might drag Russia into a war with the aim of imposing sanctions on it.

Russia fears that Ukraine, located on its borders, will join the military alliance, which has increased the current tension between Moscow on the one hand and the United States and the European Union on the other.

Recently, Western countries, led by the United States, accused Russia of massing its forces near the Ukrainian border, and Washington threatened to impose sanctions on Moscow if it launched an attack on Ukraine.

Russia rejects the accusations about the movements of its forces inside its territory and denies the existence of any aggressive plans it has towards Ukraine.

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