The purpose of the information campaign of the United States, which claims to increase the number of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine, is to secretly transfer its ships to the Black Sea, said Konstantin Gavrilov, head of the Russian delegation at the talks on military security and arms control in Vienna.
Earlier, the Washington Post newspaper, citing sources, reported that a number of American and European officials are concerned about the alleged "resumption of the build-up of Russian troops" near the border with Ukraine. On November 2, Politico published satellite images, which, according to him, demonstrate the deployment of the Russian military "on the border with Ukraine" - in the Smolensk region, which does not border with Ukraine. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine subsequently stated that it does not record the facts of the buildup of Russian troops at its own borders. Later, a representative of the US military department, John Kirby, said that the Pentagon continues to observe "disturbing movements" of Russian troops near Ukraine.
We see that the purpose of this false anti-Russian campaign is to smuggle US ships into the Black Sea. Since October 30, the Porter guided missile destroyer has been in the water area, the John Lenthall tanker entered the Black Sea on November 3, and the Mount Whitney staff ship of the US Navy on November 4. On November 6, two B-1B strategic bombers of the US Air Force flew over the Black Sea at a distance of 30 kilometers from the Russian state border," Gavrilov said at a plenary session of the OSCE forum on security cooperation.
According to him, it is obvious to Moscow that we are talking about unscheduled actions by US forces that are creating a multinational armed group near the Russian borders. Taking into account the fact that in addition to the US Navy, tactical, patrol and strategic aviation, as well as contingents of the armed forces of Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine are planned to be involved in the exercise, there is a study of the alleged theater of military operations in case Kiev prepares a military solution, he concluded.