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U.S. officials prepare for escalation as NATO-Russia talks end with no resolution on Ukraine tension

U.S. representatives and NATO members Thursday emerged from several days of high-stakes discussions with top Russian officials with warnings that the situation along the Ukraine border is getting worse.

“The drumbeat of war is sounding loud and the rhetoric has gotten rather shrill,” U.S. diplomatic official Michael Carpenter said of the discussions with Moscow.

Moscow’s intentions remain unclear, he added, after the talks in Europe wrapped up.

“There are close to 100,000 troops on the Russian side of its border with Ukraine. Their presence and the live-fire measures being carried out are raising many questions about Moscow’s intention,” he said, adding that the U.S.

had seen advanced weaponry, artillery systems, electronic warfare systems and ammunition also staged along the border.

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