Russia is “putting the finishing touches” on having forces on the ground for a “full-scale invasion,” Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said on Wednesday, saying the US “certainly saw the presence of Russian forces in Ukraine.”
Blinken did not elaborate on the Russian forces, which he said they had seen in Ukraine.
In an interview with ABC News, Blinken said he couldn’t give “concrete numbers,” but “everything we’ve seen over the past 24 to 48 hours shows that Russia is putting the finishing touches on expanding its armed forces across Ukraine.” to station borders, to the north, to the east, to the south, in readiness for an all-out invasion.”
Blinken, in an interview with the CBS Evening News, dismissed the notion that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would be a failure of US diplomacy.
“Diplomacy has been very effective in bringing the world together, bringing the United States and Europe together to confront Russian aggression,” Blinken said
He also harbored hopes that the threat of additional costs might still deter President Putin from launching a full-scale invasion.
“We have made it clear that if Russia escalates further, if it embarks on a full-scale invasion of Ukraine beyond what it is already doing, we will escalate, and I hope that knowledge will still act as a deterrent.” .” said Blink.
He warned of the long-term cost to Putin of an invasion.
“That doesn’t stop Putin from further aggression against Ukraine,” he said, referring to the joint action by the US and its allies, “there will be a very quick and strong response.” This is a price that Vladimir Putin and Russia will pay for a long, long time.”