World leaders denounce Russia’s military build-up in Ukraine

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Here is today’s one Foreign police in short: the G-7 warns Russia on the formation of troops, India approves the Sputnik V vaccine, and the taliban withdraw from the peace talks in Turkey.

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G-7 calls on Russia to defuse itself in Ukraine

Here is today’s one Foreign police in short: the G-7 warns Russia on the formation of troops, India approves the Sputnik V vaccine, and the taliban withdraw from the peace talks in Turkey.

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G-7 calls on Russia to defuse itself in Ukraine

In a joint statement, the G-7 countries called on Russia to “immediately defuse tensions” and cease its “threatening and destabilizing activities” near the Ukrainian border and Crimea.

The announcement comes as around 80,000 Russian troops have massed near the border with Ukraine in recent weeks, raising fears of escalating Russian support for a seven-year war between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government troops in the Donbass region of Ukraine.

Russia dismissed these fears as exaggerated. “Questions are being asked about what Russia is doing on the border with Ukraine,” Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday. “The answer is very simple. We live there; it is our country. But what is the United States doing thousands of miles from its own territory with its warships and troops in Ukraine?”

The US deployment of two warships in the Black Sea was announced by Turkey on Friday, although US officials did not confirm the mission.

While an escalation to a full-scale ground invasion would not fit into Russia’s recent history of more covert operations, the build-up has given Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a platform to advocate for the Ukraine’s accession to NATO. Its Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, is due to meet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Tuesday.

A call to action. Write in Foreign police On Monday, Olga Stefanishyna, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister responsible for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, said NATO’s current approach to Ukraine is “insufficient” and called for opening of negotiations on an action plan for the country’s membership.

A long wait. NATO membership is unlikely to come anytime soon, with the addition of North Macedonia in 2020 – NATO’s newest member – after a process that began in 1999. The rules of Membership should also be changed, as the bloc does not allow members who are currently engaged in territorial disputes.

High stakes. Olga Oliker, Russian expert at the International Crisis Group, said Foreign police that if NATO is to expand its membership in Ukraine, the alliance must understand the issues. “If you mean that you are going to defend Ukraine, say that you are going to defend Ukraine, membership or not,” said Oliker. “If you try to avoid defending Ukraine by trying to offer it membership in an alliance, it’s a bit backwards.”


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