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EU eyes on Russia pre-War maneuvers

The EU reacted to Shoigu’s decision to complete maneuvers in southern Russia.

(Face Of Nigeria Blog News)– Earlier the EU stressed that the implementation of the Minsk agreements remains the only way to achieve a sustainable peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine.

“We continue to support the Normandy format efforts made to fully implement the Minsk agreements,” Stano said.

While the Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed Shoigu’s statement on the withdrawal of troops and noted the reduction in tensions on the border.

The United States indicated that they continue to monitor the situation.

NATO called Shoigu’s decision to complete the maneuvers in Crimea timely.

The European Union intends to “closely monitor” the withdrawal of Russian troops from the southern borders after the completion of the maneuvers there.

This was announced by the official representative of the EU foreign policy service Peter Stano.

“We took note of the announcement made yesterday by Defense Minister [Sergei] Shoigu about the intention to withdraw [Russian] troops [from the southern borders], as well as further movements of Russian troops and military equipment near the Ukrainian border,” he said.

On Thursday, April 22, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the completion of exercises in southern Russia, including in Crimea.

Troops of the Southern and Western military districts began to return to their permanent deployment points from April 23rd.

Since the end of March, Kiev and Western countries have announced the pulling together of Russian troops to the western borders.

According to Ukraine’s information, Russia has drawn more than 100 thousand soldiers to the southern borders, the same figures were cited by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, Josep Borrell.

The President of Ukraine called what was happening “muscle flexing” on the part of Russia, the United States considered Moscow’s actions a “provocation.” The EU has repeatedly called on Russia to withdraw its troops.

“The situation on the Ukrainian border associated with the deployment of Russian troops <…> is a very dangerous situation, we call on Russia to withdraw its troops from the border with Ukraine,” Borrell appealed to Russia.

The Kremlin explained that the country is moving troops across its territory at its own discretion.

The European Union has repeatedly called on Russia to take steps to de-escalate and reduce tensions on the borders with Ukraine, said Peter Stano.

“It is important for the EU to understand how the situation is on the ground.

We will closely monitor the withdrawal of Russian troops and military equipment, which were concentrated near the borders of Ukraine and in Crimea, ”he said.

Such a large-scale redeployment of military forces, undertaken without prior notice and inconsistent with Russia’s international obligations, leads to increased tensions, as well as undermining and destabilizing the security situation, the EU’s foreign service lamented.

“We urge Russia to act within the framework of its international obligations.

OSCE principles and rules..

In particular, we call on Russia to abide by those OSCE principles and rules,spelled out in Section III of the Vienna Document.

The European Union also called on Russia to reconsider the decision to close part of the Black Sea in the Crimea region.

The EU stressed that the implementation of the Minsk agreements remains the only way to achieve a sustainable peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine.

“We continue to support the Normandy format efforts made to fully implement the Minsk agreements,” Stano said.