On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that a Russian invasion of the United States’ ally, Ukraine, is imminent and could come “at any point.”
Moscow recently deployed a number of troops into the region and another unknown number of troops to Belarus for what the Daily Mail reports to be “major war games.”
Why it Matters: The tensions between Russia and Ukraine could spark a massive geopolitical conflict between Russia and other NATO countries, including the U.S., which could force Joe Biden to deploy American troops to deescalate the tension between the two countries.
What People Are Saying: “Our view is this is an extremely dangerous situation,” said Psaki. “We’re now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack in Ukraine, and what Secretary Blinken is going to go do is highlight very clearly there is a diplomatic path forward.”
“It is the choice of President Putin and the Russians to make, whether they are going to suffer severe economic consequences or not.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin “clearly is building up a force posture there that provides him multiple options,” said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken “reiterated the unshakeable U.S. commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and underscored that any discussion of European security must include NATO allies and European partners, including Ukraine,” according to Department of State spokesman Ned Price.