The United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, said that his country is planning “things we haven’t done in the past” if Russia invades Ukraine.
His comments come after several days of diplomatic talks and a deadlock in resolving the crisis on the border between Ukraine and Russia.
Russia has 100,000 soldiers lined up next to Ukraine, with tanks and artillery. Although it is unknown whether Russia will invade Ukraine, experts such as retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman do not trust that Russian President Vladimir Putin will abstain. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most likely of an invasion, Vindman gave it a 8.
“The most likely scenario in my mind is a major military offensive in Ukraine”said Vindman, a former director of European affairs at the US National Security Council. “I hope I’m wrong, but that’s what I see,” he added, according to the National Public Radio, the United States public broadcasting service.
Blinken did not specify how likely an invasion is, but he did say that Putin is adept at keeping options open and is likely studying his odds. about what works and what doesn’t.
“It’s quite possible that he hasn’t quite decided what he’s going to do,” Blinken told All Things Considered on NPR on Thursday. “We have, I think, an important responsibility to help shape his thinking and again to make it very clear from our perspective what the options are, what the consequences of the options that he might pursue are going to be,” he said.
“If they choose confrontation, if they choose aggression, we are fully prepared for it”, assured.
“I think there are opportunities to address the concerns that we all have about security in Europe and to make meaningful progress that could address some of the legitimate Russian concerns and address, critically, the many concerns that we and the Europeans have. Alternatively, like I said, if (Putin) chooses to renew the aggression against Ukraine, that will also have consequencesBlinken noted.
Asked on NPR about possible progress, he said that it will not “happen in an environment of escalation with a gun to the head of Ukraine”. “We are going to need to see some significant de-escalation,” he added.
Blinken has repeatedly warned Russia that there will be “Massive consequences” if it attacks Ukrainewithout going into too many details.
“I am not going to telegraph with specificity what we would do, except to say that when it comes to sanctions, economic and financial measures, as well as measures to, as necessary, strengthen Ukraine and NATO defensively, we are planning and gathering things we haven’t done in the pastBlinken said. “Y I think Russia is well aware of a lot of the things that we would do if we were put in a position where we had to do them.”, he detailed.