On Tuesday, Former Vice President Biden’s Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, said “we are now at ta stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack in Ukraine.”
This announcement follows last week’s speculation, coming from the White House, that Russia may be planning a “false flag” event to ignite a conflict in the region.
Psaki’s remarks on Tuesday were prompted by a question from a reporter regarding Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s travels to Europe and his meeting with Russia and Ukraine officials.
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Psaki said, “This morning, Secretary Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. They agreed to meet in Geneva as you noted. At that meeting, Secretary Blinken will urge Russia to take immediate steps to de-escalate.
She went on to say, “He will also fly to Kiev to consult with President Zelensky and Ukraine’s leaders and to Germany for consultations. As you also know, there is a congressional delegation that is also on their way there. And it’s a note, I would note that that just indicates that support for Ukraine has always been a bipartisan issue, and we welcome that.”
“But where things stand right now, President Putin has created this crisis by amassing 100,000 Russian troops along Ukraine’s borders. This includes moving Russian forces into Belarus recently for joint exercises and conducting additional exercises on Ukraine’s eastern border. So, let’s be clear, our view is this is an extremely dangerous situation. We are now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack in Ukraine.”