The White House is continuing to signal urgency as it relates to a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
During a press briefing Friday, national security adviser Jake Sullivan reiterated to reporters that Russia could invade Ukraine any day and added that an invasion could occur before the completion of the Beijing Olympics, which are set to end Feb. 20.
Sullivan also denied a PBS report that suggested U.S. intelligence showed Russian President Vladimir Putin had decided to invade Ukraine, saying that U.S. officials are not aware that Putin has made a final decision but “continue to see signs of Russian escalation.”
“If you look at the disposition of forces, both in Belarus and in Russia on the other side of the Ukrainian border from the north and from the east, the Russians are in a position to be able to mount a major military action into Ukraine any day now,” said Sullivan.
Russia has amassed tens of thousands of troops and artillery along its border with Ukraine over the past few months.
Sullivan continues to urge all Americans currently in Ukraine to leave the country.
“Any American who is in Ukraine right now who needs help, who needs financial help, or needs logistical help to take advantage of a commercial option to get out, please call the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, because we stand ready to provide that help,” he said.
Sullivan also spoke to a recent joint statement put out by Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping. The statement joins China in Russia’s opposition to the “further enlargement of NATO” and calls on NATO to “abandon its ideologized cold war approaches.” It also expresses Russian opposition to an independent Taiwan.
This is an excerpt from The Epoch Times.
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