The United States is making the end of the Ukraine crisis dependent on the withdrawal of Russian troops from its own border

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin this Friday transferred Washington’s intention to avoid conflict to Russia, offering it a “way out of the crisis” which consists in withdrawing its troops from the border with Ukraine.

“There is no reason for this situation to become a conflict,” Austin said at a press conference at the Pentagon, from where he assured that Russian President Vladimir Putin has de-escalation in his hands. “You can order your troops to retreat. You can choose dialogue and diplomacy,” he said.

Austin has criticized the fact that Moscow has been deploying its own troops at a “constant rate” on its own territory for months, and although Washington says they believe Putin will not make the decision to use all of these forces against Ukraine, “he will do it now that ability.”

The United States is making the end of the Ukraine crisis dependent on the withdrawal of Russian troops from its own border
The United States is making the end of the Ukraine crisis dependent on the withdrawal of Russian troops from its own border

With that in mind, Austin has stressed that the conflict is avoidable and that there is still time to exhaust all diplomatic channels. However, the United States remains “on par” with its NATO allies, so Washington will support its allies whatever Putin decides, The Hill newspaper reports.

For his part, US Chief of Staff Mark Milley has said there are no plans to send troops to Ukraine, despite confirmation this week from Washington that some 8,500 troops were there on “high alert” for ordered a possible deployment in the area.

“We haven’t used anyone yet. We’re just increasing our readiness levels… We have no intention of using any force to attack Russia, and I don’t think that’s NATO’s intention at all,” said Milley, who has urged Moscow to focus on dialogue and diplomacy.

However, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby has also indicated that US troops stationed in Europe could reinforce the eastern flank if NATO deems it appropriate.

Tensions between Ukraine and Russia have skyrocketed lately due to the deployment of large numbers of troops at the border, but Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has assured from Kiev that such an escalation is not perceived, and they have asked the United States not to foment “panic.”

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