The Pentagon accuses Russia of violating the airspace of Ukraine. Ukraine denies Washington and clarifies that Russian planes remained a couple of kilometers away from its border. Europe agrees with Obama new sanctions against Moscow.
The Pentagon reported Friday night that Russian aircraft have repeatedly entered the airspace of Ukraine and called on Moscow to take”steps to curb escalating”war that has been described by Kiev as the prelude to the Third World War.
“I can confirm that several times in 24 hours, Russian planes have entered the Ukrainian airspace past,”reported Colonel Steven Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. The military did not provide details or informed about what type of aircraft had been used or whether there were specific incidents.
The Minister of Defence of Ukraine, Mikhail Koval, desminitió Saturday that Russia had violated its airspace.”At noon [ Friday ] four transport aircraft Il -76 flew along our border, but never crossed it,”Koval told a news conference. According to the Head of Ukrainian Defense, the ground troops came up to 2-3 km from the demarcation line. Russia has denied through a statement from his Ministry of Defence any action in this regard.
The violation of the airspace of Ukraine is another drop in the already overflowing cup that is pushing the limits of Washington’s patience. Since Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, is trying in vain to communicate with the Russian defense minister, Sergei Shoigu. But Moscow remains unanswered calls Hagel. Meanwhile, the head of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Martin Dempsey, spoke Friday with his Russian counterpart, but so far were not disclosed details of the conversation.
The presence of Russian planes in the sky Ukrainian part of the war games started by Moscow with the deployment of some 40,000 Russian troops near the border with Ukraine, according to the Pentagon. Last month, Russian troops stormed Ukrainian key facilities as before the annexation of the Crimea to Russian territory step.
Earlier this week, the Pentagon sent a message to its NATO allies in the region that was engaged in his defense by strengthening its military support to Poland and the Baltic in crisis by deploying 600 paratroopers in the area.
With its Asian tour marred again by a crisis, the U.S. President has made this Friday a break in his schedule to hold a video conference with four key European leaders in which it was found that Russia is not fulfilling the agreed week in Geneva last respect to the sovereignty of Ukraine and is heading to be punished for it with sanctions.
As reported by the White House after the meeting via video – conference Obama, with the president of France, Francois Hollande, and the prime ministers of Italy and the UK, Matteo Renzi and David Cameron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel”the president has made clear that the U.S. is prepared to impose targeted sanctions in response to recent actions of Russia.”“The leaders agree to work together, and through the G7 and the EU to coordinate steps with the application cost for Russia,”the White House has outlined.
As in previous moments of crisis – that Kiev and qualify as the prelude to a new world war when the military occupied country and politically, the U.S. president and European leaders say that Moscow can still choose a peaceful solution to the conflict, that currently goes to meet the provisions of the agreement of the last 17 in Geneva.
“In accordance with the commitments made ??in Geneva, Russia should help curb escalating refraining from making provocative statements or acts of intimidation,”according to the five leaders have agreed, they agreed that”the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine plenamentes be respected”. Agreed in Geneva between Russia, Ukraine, USA and the EU established the disarmament of militias prorrusas occupied several public facilities in major cities of eastern Ukraine, as well as amnesty for those involved in disorders but not committed crimes.
Obama was cautious and after signing the agreement in Switzerland and then declared that it could not”be sure of anything”when it was Russian. For the cautious U.S. President, yet, diplomacy kept his door open to Moscow, even if the Kremlin persists in his bellicose attitude, all I achieved would be isolated internationally and punished for it. Obama has already stated that Washington had prepared a major package of economic sanctions, which confirmed Thursday U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, to ensure that the costs would increase if Russia insisted on not choose the way to ease the tension.
“The window for change is closing,”said Kerry.”The world will ensure that the costs for Russia only increase”if you choose to continue the militaristic path. Secretary of State, dipped in recent months in intensive discussions with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, used harsh words to emphasize that Moscow can pay your error”very expensive”.
Obama and European leaders have expressed their phone after meeting his requirement that presidential elections be held May 25 and the democratic process to a successful conclusion in Ukraine, as these elections are key to Ukrainian citizens”decide freely with full transparency and its future.”