Mr Wallace, who was in Brussels for talks with fellow NATO defense ministers, said the withdrawal of Russian troops from the border needed to “clearly reduce tensions”.
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Russia’s Defense Ministry claims that troops are returning to the base after the end of military exercises, with units leaving Crimea on Wednesday.
But Mr Wallace said Russia would be judged by its actions but did not see “evidence of an evacuation”.
Reports based on US intelligence sources said that Vladimir Putin could be seen launching his attack on Wednesday, but Mr Wallace said he had never talked about a specific date on which the military border would be reached. Can cross
“I’ve never talked about history, because whatever intelligence I’ve seen, history is not a problem, it’s a matter of large numbers of troops,” he told Sky News.
But he added that “there are definitely dates in the mix” and that the Russians “did not step on the gas”.
He said there are more than 100 battalion tactical groups of Russian ground forces – which make up “60% of all Russian ground combat forces” – on Ukraine’s borders.
The defense minister warned that both Belarus and Ukraine had more than 130,000 troops, but that there was also a significant flotilla of effectively Russian and naval ships at sea, and in fact warships and missile ships, and Ukraine’s. From one place They are surrounded by a large force of well-prepared troops.
Mr Wallace’s comments came after US President Joe Biden said “there is ample scope for diplomacy and a reduction in tensions” but “an attack is clearly possible”.
He said that if Russia invaded Ukraine, it would face strong international condemnation.
“The world will not forget that Russia chose unnecessary death and destruction.”
Mr Putin said on Tuesday that Russia did not want another war, and that it was ready for further talks with the United States and its NATO allies.