Ukraine has called for a meeting with Russia and other members of the European Security Group about escalating tensions on the border.
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, said Russia has not responded to official requests to explain its troop buildup. The next step is to request a meeting within 48 hours to ensure transparency of RF plans.
Russia, meanwhile, continues to deny plans to invade Ukraine. But as the United States said Moscow could launch aerial bombardments “at any time,” many countries called on their citizens to leave Ukraine. air force. Due to the risk of hostilities, insurance companies have warned Ukraine about cancellation of aircraft insurance and demand the prompt return of the aircraft to the territory of the European Union.
The topic of “Putin’s invasion” can significantly hit the Ukrainian aviation market in the very next few days. According to ANP6 agency, KLM airline stops flights to Ukraine. And this, apparently, is only the first bell. However, some states, such as Turkey, do not believe in the possibility of a military conflict.
In an interview with the publication, Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine’s ambassador to London, said that Ukraine was ready to show “flexibility” in its plans to join NATO, which would be a major concession to Russia. However, in a subsequent interview, he declined to comment on this statement, noting that Ukraine has a constitutional obligation to join NATO, and whether Ukraine will be accepted into the alliance depends on the “readiness of NATO itself.”
Ukraine, through the OSCE, asked Russia to explain its troop buildup. Under the Vienna Document, to which Russia is a party, OSCE members may request information on military activities. Kuleba notes: “If Russia is serious about the indivisibility of security in the OSCE space, it must fulfill its commitment to military transparency in order to reduce tensions and increase security for all.”
However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, not wanting to “sow panic”, said he saw no evidence of Russia planning an invasion in the coming days. Yesterday, Sunday, he spoke on the phone for almost an hour with Joe Biden, who reaffirmed US support for Ukraine. Both leaders agreed on “the importance of continued diplomacy and containment.”
A Ukrainian statement on the call said the Ukrainian president thanked the United States for its “unwavering support.” At the end of the conversation, Zelensky invited the US leader to come to Ukraine. However, as expected, no comments were received from the White House about this invitation.