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United States has warned Russia that it might invade Ukraine at any time

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Washington, on the other hand, kept the lines of communication open with Moscow, with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken calling with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, and the two arranging to meet this week in Geneva

The US warned on Tuesday, in a clear escalation of tensions over Ukraine, that Russia may invade Ukraine at any time. Despite describing the situation as “very perilous,” Washington maintained diplomatic relations with Moscow, with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken communicating with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, and both leaders planning to meet in Geneva this week.

Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for inciting the crisis by amassing 100,000 Russian troops along Ukraine’s border. “This includes moving Russian forces into Belarus recently for joint exercises and conducting additional exercises on Ukraine’s eastern borders,” she added. Let’s be clear about something. This, in our opinion, is a very perilous position. We’ve arrived to a point where Russia might strike Ukraine at any time… That’s a lot more direct than we’ve been.”

Psaki repeated the US view that if Russia does not follow the diplomatic road, it will suffer “serious consequences.” Blinken will first travel to Ukraine, where he will emphasise “US support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” according to a senior State Department official. Blinken will then travel to Germany, where he will continue intense meetings with European allies and partners “as part of our unified response to Russia’s actions,” according to the same official.

Belarus’s upcoming constitutional changes, according to the official, will include “language that could be interpreted as paving the way for Russia to garrison forces on Belarusian territory,” implying that Belarus intends to “allow Russian conventional and nuclear forces” to station themselves on its soil. The individual went on to say that the issue was more about capability than Kremlin intent. “What it represents is an increase in Russia’s capabilities to undertake this strike, as well as additional opportunity, avenues, and routes.”

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