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Pentagon Says Does Not See Need for Hotline With Russia for Deconfliction on Ukraine

© REUTERS / UKRAINIAN ARMED FORCESService members of the 92nd Separate Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces take part in military drills at a shooting range in Kharkiv region, Ukraine, in this handout picture released December 20, 2021. Press Service of the 92nd Separate Mechanized Brigade/Handout via REUTERS
Service members of the 92nd Separate Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces take part in military drills at a shooting range in Kharkiv region, Ukraine, in this handout picture released December 20, 2021. Press Service of the 92nd Separate Mechanized Brigade/Handout via REUTERS  - Sputnik International, 1920, 14.01.2022
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WASHINGTON, (Sputnik) - The Defence Department does not see a need for a deconfliction line with Russia in Ukraine because US military officials already have direct lines of communication with their Russian counterparts, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said on Friday.

"There's no deconfliction line in Ukraine with Russia, but we have many lines of communication with Russia including direct communication with Russian military leaders", Kirby said during a press briefing. "We have direct lines of communication with them so I don't think we need a hotline necessarily with respect to Ukraine".

Tensions around Ukraine intensified over the past several weeks after an alleged Russian troop buildup near the Ukrainian border and claims of preparations for an invasion. Moscow has repeatedly denied the accusations, pointing to NATO's military activity near Russian borders, which it deems a threat to its national security. Russia has also affirmed that it has the right to move forces within its own territory.
A view of the Russian Foreign Ministry and one of the Kremlin towers - Sputnik International, 1920, 12.01.2022
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