OREANDA-NEWS. A delegation of the US Congress has visited Kiev to discuss the situation on the border with Russia. This was announced on Sunday, 19 December, by the press service of the US embassy in Ukraine.

"US Congressman Jason Crowe led a congressional delegation to Kiev to discuss Russia's aggressive military buildup in and around Ukraine and to hear assessments from Ukrainian officials and military leadership. Congressional Representative Crowe, along with his fellow Representatives Brad Wenstrup and Rick Crawford, emphasized bipartisan support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and its Euro-Atlantic trajectory," the embassy said in a Facebook post.

The delegation reiterated the USA's support for tough measures in response to any military invasion of Ukraine's sovereign territory by Russia, the diplomatic mission added.

On 18 December, the secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council (NSDC), Oleksiy Danilov, said that the country had no plans to deploy a military contingent of any state on its territory yet. At the same time, he said that the USA, the UK, Poland, Lithuania and other countries currently have representatives in Ukraine who are training the Ukrainian military.

On 17 December, the Russian Foreign Ministry published draft treaties between Russia and the USA and NATO on security guarantees, which have already been handed over to Washington and its allies. According to the documents, in particular, the alliance should give up any military activity on the territory of Ukraine and other states in Eastern Europe, Transcaucasia and Central Asia.

On the same day, Federation Council member Aleksey Pushkov said that NATO's appearance on the Ukrainian border was a clear sign that the alliance was planning a war with Russia. He explained that it was possible, taking advantage of Kiev's sentiments, to make the country an informal member of the alliance. To saturate it with weapons, "to turn it into a paramilitary fist".

The Western media repeatedly published articles on the alleged Russian invasion. On 19 November, The New York Times reported that the US administration had warned its allies about the alleged Russian plans to attack the territory of Ukraine and called for new anti-Russian measures to be prepared.