Growing Concerns About Russia’s Militarization In Crimea
Concerns About Russia’s Dominance In Crimea
NATO officials are expressing growing fears concerning Russia’s increasing military presence in Crimea, which could lead to their gaining control of the Black Sea, the BBC reports.
“We are very concerned with the militarization of Crimea. We are concerned that the capabilities in Crimea that are being installed will bring an effect on almost the entire Black Sea,” said Air Force General Philip Breedlove, head of the U.S. European Command and NATO supreme allied commander, following meetings with Ukrainian leaders.
While Russia has denied it has troops stationed along the Ukraine border, Breedlove says the openness of the border gives Moscow the ability to move at will.
“This international border is completely wide open and maintained open by Russian forces, so that forces, supplies, money, fighters can move across at will,” Breedlove added.
Members of Congress have applied pressure on the administration to to arm Ukraine, which Tony Blinken, deputy U.S. national security advisor, recently said the White House has not ruled out.
NATO membership for Kiev, however, is not an option.
“NATO membership for Ukraine isn’t on the agenda at this point,” Michael Grosse-Broemer, the parliamentary whip for Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, told Bloomberg.
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