US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday mentioned Russia is amassing but extra troops on Ukraine’s border, and warned an invasion might come “any time”, together with in the course of the Winter Olympics which finish on February 20.
“We’re in a window when an invasion could begin at any time, and to be clear that includes during the Olympics,” he mentioned, brushing apart options that Moscow would wait till after the Beijing Games to keep away from upstaging its ally China.
“Simply put, we continue to see very troubling signs of Russian escalation,” Blinken mentioned after a gathering of counterparts from the so-called Quad nations — Australia, India, Japan and the United States — in Melbourne.
Blinken insisted that the United States “would strongly prefer to resolve the differences” with Russia “through diplomacy”.
“We’ve made every possible effort to engage Russia,” he mentioned.
“But at the same time, we’ve been very clear in building deterrence and building defense and making it clear to Russia that if it chooses the path of renewed aggression, it will face massive consequences.”
His feedback come as President Joe Biden urged Americans in Ukraine to right away depart the nation, one other sturdy public sign that struggle could also be drawing nearer.
“American citizens should leave, should leave now,” Biden mentioned in an interview with NBC News.
“We’re dealing with one of the largest armies in the world. This is a very different situation and things could go crazy quickly.”
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