“We now have no plans to invade” – that was the message from Russia’s overseas minister after talks with the US about Russian intentions in Ukraine. His American counterpart stated their discussions in Geneva had been “frank and substantive” but additionally warned of “huge penalties” if Moscow have been to assault Ukraine.
Russia has amassed 100,000 troops close to its borders with Ukraine. It is led to the western alliance, Nato, reinforcing its navy presence in japanese Europe. President Putin has demanded that Ukraine be stopped from ever becoming a member of Nato.
In the course of the Chilly Struggle the Soviet Union managed most of japanese Europe, with the NATO alliance, which incorporates the US and the UK, ranged in opposition to it.
However with the collapse of the Soviet Union Russia misplaced management of these japanese European nations, and since then NATO has expanded eastwards, to Russia’s borders.
Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC Information at Ten reporting by James Landale in Geneva and Steve Rosenberg in Moscow.
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