Among those affected are representatives of investigative authorities and parliamentarians who would pursue “anti-Russian policies,” said the Foreign Ministry in Moscow.
The US government also tightened its warning: “Should Moscow invade Ukraine, the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline will not continue,” Washington said. At the same time, the US began moving additional troops to Europe. Hungary and Slovakia confirmed that the US had requested the temporary deployment of US troops. There have not yet been any inquiries to Austria regarding land transport or overflights. Despite all the calls for de-escalation, Moscow is also continuing its troop deployment. “Russia is moving more troops, more heavy equipment and now thousands of combat troops to Belarus,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
For the first time since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis, the UN Security Council is now to deal with the issue. In view of the “clear threat to international peace” posed by Russia, the USA called for a public meeting in the most important UN body, as the US diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced.