Russia says NATO purposely aggravates tensions in Ukraine

2021-04-13 23:34:16Xinhua Editor : Wang Fan ECNS App Download

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Tuesday accused the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of turning Ukraine "into a powder keg" by increasing military support.

"The (military) supplies are continuing and the volume of aid is increasing," Ryabkov told reporters.

He urged that NATO countries shift their focus to curbing Kiev's belligerent sentiment and ensure Ukraine's compliance with the Minsk agreements on a settlement of the Donbass conflict.

"In case of further escalations, we, of course, will do everything to guarantee our own security, the safety of our citizens wherever they are," he said.

Ryabkov said Ukraine has been conducting training activities for several years and constructing facilities that are threatening Russia's security.


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