The day after, Russia sent new troops to the Ukrainian border arguing that they will withdraw forces and de-escalate, a senior Biden administration official said Wednesday.
Russia has added 7,000 troops over the past few days to more than 150,000 gathered around Ukraine, the official told reporters. Some of those additional Russian troops arrived on Wednesday, the official said, despite Putin’s comments the day before that the troops would go home now that the military exercises were over.
“Yesterday the Russian government announced that it was withdrawing troops from the border with Ukraine. They have received a lot of attention for this statement, both here and around the world. But now we know it was a lie, ”the official said.
The official also questioned Putin’s sincerity in engaging in diplomacy.
“All we have now is that they only mean a public offer to talk and declare de-escalation, while mobilizing for war,” the official said.
The official also echoed recent U.S. warnings that Russia could launch an attack in response to Fr. false pretext to justify the invasion of Ukraine “at any time.” These false statements could be based on various scenarios, including provocations in the Donbass region in southeastern Ukraine, a NATO attack or an invasion of Russia, the official predicted.
Officials in Washington are talking to colleagues around the world in an attempt to prevent a conflict with diplomacy, and are preparing for quick retaliation, such as economic sanctions, if Russia does invade.
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden spoke with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on plans to “strengthen NATO’s eastern flank in the event of a further Russian invasion of Ukraine.” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan also spoke with Akiba Takeo, Secretary General of Japan’s National Security Secretariat, to discuss “the importance of a strong international response to any further Russian aggression.”
Vice President Kamala Harris is expected to continue personal talks this weekend when he arrives at a high level Munich Security Conference. During his stay in Germany, Harris is expected to meet with a number of world leaders, including NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, leaders of the three Baltic states, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Scholz, according to two senior administration officials.
The administration decided to send Harris discussion among national security policy experts because the vice president is not known as the head of foreign policy. Last year, the main virtual event, the newly inaugurated Biden performed speech who praised NATO and promised to restore US leadership in Europe. It was coldly repulsedhowever, French President Emmanuel Macron, who continues to push for a new security architecture less dependent on Washington.
“Her reason for going to Munich is to meet, in our opinion, more than three dozen heads of state who will be there,” said one official. “It will hold summits to consult with them on recent developments and ensure that the transatlantic community [and] NATO Alliance to speak in one strong and resolute voice. “
https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2022/02/it-was-false-russia-still-mobilizing-war-official-says/362109/ “It was untrue.” Russia is still “mobilizing for war,” the official said