The United States has convinced Europe of Russia's plans to attack Ukraine - the media
The United States has convinced the European Union that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine. This was done through diplomatic cooperation and intelligence sharing.
This is stated in the Financial Times.
"Weeks of continued US diplomatic engagement with European governments, backed by intelligence exchanges, have helped convince some previously skeptical capitals, including Berlin, that the Kremlin may soon deploy troops to Ukraine", - was informed in the statement.
It also explained that this was what prompted Europe to "support the idea of the need for serious threats of sanctions to deter the Kremlin". The publication also explained that:
- US intelligence reports to NATO and EU members through diplomatic channels;
- the number of materials and details was assessed by one of the sources as "quite wide". This is the data shared by the other 29 NATO allies;
- Previously, the level and completeness of intelligence sharing was due to the "primary reluctance" of some European allies to view US statements about Russia's preparations for invasion as "credible".
What is known
- US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have settled a dispute over Ukraine on the sidelines of a summit of members of the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers in Stockholm.
- The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov stated that if Russian troops invade the territory of Ukraine, it will have serious consequences for the whole of Europe and will lead to a global crisis.
- On December 3, Reznikov announced that a new round of Russian military aggression against Ukraine could begin in early 2022.
- On December 4, The Washington Post reported, citing a US intelligence document, that Russia plans to attack Ukraine on several fronts in early 2022. 175,000 Russian servicemen are expected to be involved in the offensive. At the same time, Bild sources noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin could prepare for an offensive in three stages.
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