UPDATED 9:21 AM PT – Monday, February 14, 2022
A Kremlin spokesperson has claimed bilateral talks between Moscow and Washington are not going well. According to reports, the spokesman painted a grim picture by suggestion relations between the two nation’s are so low they are “lying on the floor.” This comes as the Biden administration says Russia could invade Ukraine at “any time” while Russia accuses the West of “hysteria.”
Russia has amassed a large number of troops at Ukraine’s border and the U.S. has refused to give in to demands that Ukraine must stay out of NATO. Despite the tensions, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin are reportedly “in dialogue.” In the meantime, Russia has Ukraine surrounded on three sides.
On Sunday, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said intelligence shows an invasion could be imminent, but he’s holding out hope diplomacy can prevail.
“We have seen over the course of the last 10 days dramatic acceleration in the buildup of Russian forces and the disposition of those forces in such a way that they could launch a military action essentially at anytime,” stated the U.S. official. “They could do so this coming week, but of course it still awaits the go order.”
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby substantiated the White House’s assessment, saying a mosaic of good intelligence shows the situation is building now to some kind of crescendo opportunity for the Russian president. According to reports, six Russian naval landing ships joined a fleet of more than 30 vessels for training exercises in the
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that no one should be surprised if Russia instigates a provocation which it then uses to justify military action. He noted, the White House has their eye out for that possible scenario.
“We also are watching very carefully for the possibility that there is a pretext or a false flag operation to kick off the Russian action in which Russian Intelligence Services conducted some kind of attack on Russian proxy forces in Eastern Ukraine or on Russian citizens and then blame it on the Ukrainians,” Blinken explained.
Sullivan suggested a military attack would likely begin with an aerial bombardment that could kill civilians followed by an onslaught of ground forces moving across the Ukrainian frontier.
In my conversation with Ukrainian Foreign Minister @DmytroKuleba today, I reiterated the U.S. will continue to support Ukraine against all forms of Russian aggression, including key financial assistance packages.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) February 14, 2022
If Russia does invade, the U.S.’s response will be to continue supporting Ukrainian resistance and impose economic measures that go after Russia’s financial system and defend NATO allies.