The European Union's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, has reiterated Western calls for Moscow to withdraw troops from its border with Ukraine, warning of a "dangerous" escalation of tensions in the region.
Moscow has claimed its military build-up is a temporary defensive exercise, but the move has alarmed Washington and the military alliance NATO.
“I think that neither side has demonstrated a clear intention to escalate," said Andrey Kortunov, director general of the Russian International Affairs Council.
"But, of course, there is always a risk of what I would call an 'unintended escalation.'“
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