Russia: It is Sweden that is stepping up – not us

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Published 17 January 2022 at 18.03

Domestic. The Kremlin rejects allegations that Russia's actions are leading to an escalation of tensions in the Baltic Sea. Instead, Sweden and Estonia are singled out as the culprits in the drama.

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According to Peskov, it is Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov who makes the accusation, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.

“that it is the Western world, and not Russia, that is escalating tensions in Europe,” writes Interfax.

The Estonian Ministry of Defense announced on Monday that it is ready to receive up to 5,000 more NATO soldiers. p>

– With regard to Estonia's request, and so on, to place additional contingents on its territory, this is precisely proof that our fears are well-founded. And that is proof that we are not the ones causing the escalating tension, says Dmitry Peskov. According to Stoltenberg, it is Russia's responsibility to begin the downsizing.