Kremlin says US actions escalate tensions around Ukraine

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Russia is deeply concerned about recent US actions that are fueling tensions around Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.

“We are watching the actions of the US with great concern,” TASS news agency said, citing the spokesman on Tuesday.

The US Department of Defense announced on Monday that nearly 8,500 US troops have been put on heightened alert for a possible deployment due to escalating tensions on the Russia-Ukraine border, with no decision on formal deployments.

When asked about this possibility, Peskov noted that these claims will not affect the current negotiations on Moscow’s security guarantees, Xinhua news agency reported.

Russia “needs to get the written response from the US and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation” to the recent security proposals, the spokesman said, hoping that this would happen this week.

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