Army General Mark Milley said the Russian military was moving around the country enough to cause “a lot of concern”.
The United States is following enough indicators and warnings regarding Russian military activity near Ukraine to trigger “a lot of concern” and Russian rhetoric seems increasingly shrill, top military officer said American.
Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declined to speculate on Thursday about the types of options the United States might consider in the event of a Russian invasion.
But Milley stressed the importance of Ukraine’s sovereignty for Washington and for the NATO alliance.
“There are important national security interests of the United States and NATO member states at stake here if there was an overt act of aggressive military action by the Russians in a nation state that has been independent since then. 1991, ”Milley said on a flight from Seoul. in Washington, DC.
Ukraine says Russia has amassed more than 90,000 troops near the border between the two countries, while Moscow accuses Kiev of continuing its own military build-up.
He has dismissed as inflammatory suggestions that he is preparing for an attack on Ukraine and has defended his right to deploy troops to his territory as he sees fit.
Earlier today, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Moscow of “serious costs and consequences” if it invaded Ukraine and urged Sergey Lavrov, its Russian counterpart, to find a diplomatic solution to crisis.
Blinken and Lavrov met in Stockholm, the Swedish capital.
Russia took Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.