Russia’s Putin says West “escalates” Ukrainian conflict with Black Sea exercises

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the West was “increasing” the Ukrainian conflict by exercising in the Black Sea and flying bombers near Russia’s borders, as the United States accuses Moscow of accumulating troops near Ukraine.

“(Our) Western partners are escalating the situation by supplying Kiev with deadly modern weapons and conducting provocative military maneuvers in the Black Sea,” Putin said in a speech to the foreign ministry in which he claimed that Western bombers were flying “20 km from our border.” ”

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On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said the buildup of Russian troops near the border with eastern Ukraine has the Pentagon’s attention and that the Russians should be “more transparent about what they are doing.”

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