The British Prime Minister, Boris johnsonsaid Wednesday that it would be a “tragic mistake” for Russia to embark on a “military adventurism” on the borders of Poland and Ukraine, amid mounting tensions.
“What we have to do is make sure that everyone understands that the cost of a miscalculation at the borders of Ukraine and Poland would be enormous.”Johnson told a panel of UK lawmakers. “I think it would be a tragic, tragic mistake for the Kremlin to think that something can be gained from military adventurism.”
The British leader’s comments, during an extensive question and answer session with a parliamentary oversight committee, came as The West is increasingly concerned about Russian troop movements on the border with Ukraine.
Russia‘s military deployment in the vicinity of the border with Ukraine raised the alarm for the possibility of a worsening of tensions between the two countries.
Internally, Ukraine has faced Russian-backed separatist groups since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, he assured that what Russia does on the border with his country “It is not simply an increase in military forces,” since, he said, those deployed in the spring “never really withdrew.”
“What we see now is a deteriorating situation in which Russia is showing that it can quickly activate the already accumulated troops and equipment and that any option, including the military, is on the table for the Russian leadership”, He asserted.
Noted that Moscow “continues to fuel the conflict in eastern Ukraine by supplying arms and troops, financing the administration of the occupation, issuing Russian passports to locals.”
“The military maneuvers in Russia, the energy crisis in Europe, the dramatic use of migrants as weapons on the borders of Poland and Lithuania with Belarus and the massive disinformation have to be seen as a complex of events, because they are all elements of Russia’s hybrid war in the European and Euro-Atlantic community”, He stressed.
Days before, the general Nick carter, Chief of the Defense Staff of the United Kingdom, had declared to Times Radio that there is a greater risk of tensions in the new era of a “multipolar world”, in which governments compete for different goals and agendas.
“I think we have to be careful that people don’t end up allowing the bellicose nature of some of our policies to end up in a position where escalation leads to miscalculation,” he said in an interview to air Sunday.
In that sense, he pointed out that there is a greater risk of an accidental war breaking out between the West and Russia than at any time since the Cold Waras many of the traditional diplomatic tools are no longer available.
Moscow has also been accused of helping orchestrate a crisis that has left hundreds of immigrants from the Middle East trapped on the Belarusian-Polish border. Thousands of troops have been deployed on both sides, and after Belarus conducted joint drills with Russian paratroopers.
(With information from AFP and EFE)
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