The West is watching Russia's pledge to reduce escalation, and Moscow : The calm is not a ceasefire

The West is watching Russia's pledge to reduce escalation, and Moscow: The calm is not a ceasefire Russia's chief negotiator in talks with Ukraine said that "his country's promise to reduce military operations around Kyiv and in northern Ukraine does not constitute a ceasefire," while the US President stressed that the West is waiting for Russia to implement its promise of calm.  Russia's chief negotiator in talks with Ukraine said Tuesday that his country's promise to reduce military operations around Kyiv and in northern Ukraine does not constitute a ceasefire.  "This is not a cease-fire, but this is what we aspire to, gradually reaching a de-escalation of the conflict, at least on these fronts," said Vladimir Medinsky, according to an interview with the TASS news agency.  For his part, US President Joe Biden said, "The West wants to see if Russia will keep its promise to reduce military escalation around Kyiv and the city of Chernihiv."  "We'll see if they make it up," he told reporters shortly after a phone call with the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and Italy.  In a related context, a US official said that any movement of Russian forces from the areas around Kiev would constitute a "redeployment, not a withdrawal", after Russia pledged to reduce military operations near the Ukrainian capital.  Speaking to Reuters, the official added, "We believe that any movement of Russian forces around Kyiv is a redeployment, not a withdrawal, and the world must be prepared for the continuation of major attacks on other regions in Ukraine."  "They are changing their approach," he said. "No one should think that Russia is ending this conflict."   In turn, the British government demanded the complete withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine, stressing that it will judge the initial steps towards a possible peace agreement between Moscow and Kiev by actions, not words.  A spokesman for the British Prime Minister said that the United Kingdom wants to see a complete withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine, according to the European "Euronews" network.  Asked if Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been encouraged by Russia's promise to reduce military operations as a confidence-building step, the spokesman said: "We will judge Putin and his regime by his actions, not his words."  "There has been some decrease in Russian bombing around Kyiv, largely because Ukrainian forces have succeeded in repelling Russian attacks in the northwest of the city," he told reporters.

Russia's chief negotiator in talks with Ukraine said that "his country's promise to reduce military operations around Kyiv and in northern Ukraine does not constitute a ceasefire," while the US President stressed that the West is waiting for Russia to implement its promise of calm.

Russia's chief negotiator in talks with Ukraine said Tuesday that his country's promise to reduce military operations around Kyiv and in northern Ukraine does not constitute a ceasefire.

"This is not a cease-fire, but this is what we aspire to, gradually reaching a de-escalation of the conflict, at least on these fronts," said Vladimir Medinsky, according to an interview with the TASS news agency.

For his part, US President Joe Biden said, "The West wants to see if Russia will keep its promise to reduce military escalation around Kyiv and the city of Chernihiv."

"We'll see if they make it up," he told reporters shortly after a phone call with the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and Italy.

In a related context, a US official said that any movement of Russian forces from the areas around Kiev would constitute a "redeployment, not a withdrawal", after Russia pledged to reduce military operations near the Ukrainian capital.

Speaking to Reuters, the official added, "We believe that any movement of Russian forces around Kyiv is a redeployment, not a withdrawal, and the world must be prepared for the continuation of major attacks on other regions in Ukraine."

"They are changing their approach," he said. "No one should think that Russia is ending this conflict."

In turn, the British government demanded the complete withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine, stressing that it will judge the initial steps towards a possible peace agreement between Moscow and Kiev by actions, not words.

A spokesman for the British Prime Minister said that the United Kingdom wants to see a complete withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine, according to the European "Euronews" network.

Asked if Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been encouraged by Russia's promise to reduce military operations as a confidence-building step, the spokesman said: "We will judge Putin and his regime by his actions, not his words."

"There has been some decrease in Russian bombing around Kyiv, largely because Ukrainian forces have succeeded in repelling Russian attacks in the northwest of the city," he told reporters.
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