North Atlantic Treaty Organisation tells Russian Federation to end Ukraine military build-up

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday told Russian Federation to end its "unjustified" military build-up around Ukraine as Kiev and Washington's top diplomats gathered for talks in Brussels.

In separate meetings with Ukraine's foreign minister, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg strong support for Ukraine and warned Russian Federation against pressing ahead with its troop buildup along the former Soviet republic's eastern border.

Two U.S. warships are due to arrive in the Black Sea this week.

Kyiv joined Nato's partner programme past year, deepening its ties with the alliance despite warnings from Moscow which views Ukraine as part of its sphere of influence.

"The United States is our adversary and does everything it can to undermine Russia's position on the world stage", Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies on Tuesday.

Biden had "voiced our concerns over the sudden Russian military build-up in occupied Crimea and on Ukraine's borders, and called on Russia to de-escalate tensions", the statement said.

He added: "Russia is now trying to reestablish some kind of sphere of influence where they try to decide what neighbours can do". "This could be. a new round of sanctions, which would raise the price of Russian aggression", Kuleba said.

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Echoing NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who met Kuleba earlier, Blinken said Moscow was massing forces in its biggest build-up since 2014, since Moscow annexed Crimea. "Russia must end this military buildup in and around Ukraine, stop its provocations and deescalate immediately".

But while highlighting the support of NATO, Kuleba also said, "Should Russia take any reckless move or start a new spiral of violence, it will be costly in all senses".

Kuleba said Ukraine "does not want war" and is "devoted to diplomatic and political means of settling the conflict". In addition, the number of ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine by the armed formations of the Russian Federation has increased; there are losses among the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

"At the operational level, we need measures which will deter Russian Federation and which will contain its aggressive intentions", Kuleba said after the NATO-Ukraine Commission met at the alliance headquarters.

Speaking at a meeting with the top military brass, Shoigu said the ongoing exercise was a response to what he claimed were continuous efforts by the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to beef up their forces near Russia's borders.

Separately, two diplomats said Stoltenberg would chair a video conference with allied defence and foreign ministers on Wednesday.

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