Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the troop movements from Russia along the border with Ukraine and into Belarus are “different” from what the US has seen “in recent memory,” during a joint press briefing with the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon today.
“It does feel different,” Milley said. “This is larger in scale and scope in the massing of forces than anything we’ve seen in recent memory, and I think you’d have to go back quite a while into the Cold War days to see something of this magnitude.”
Milley said these movements are different from Russian troop annual exercises, which the Pentagon watches closely.
“They do annual exercises, and we watch those closely. But this is different. So, we’ll continue to monitor very, very closely. But yet it does feel different,” Milley said.
Meanwhile: In spite of the ratcheting warnings of impending war in Ukraine, the Kremlin has signaled that diplomatic discussions between Russia and the West will press on — at least for now. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated on Friday that Moscow did not want war with Ukraine.