At this time, in response to Russia’s admission that it’ll not withdraw its forces from Belarus, I’ve approved the extra actions of U.S. Forces and tools already stationed in Europe, to strengthen our Baltic allies Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Let me be clear: These are completely defensive strikes on our half. We now have no intention of combating Russia. We wish to ship an unmistakable message, although, that america, along with our allies, will defend each inch of NATO territory and abide by the commitments we made to NATO.
We nonetheless consider that Russia is poised to go a lot additional in launching an enormous navy assault towards Ukraine. I hope I’m mistaken about that and I hope we’re mistaken about that, however Russia has solely escalated its risk towards the remainder of Ukrainian territory, together with the key cities and the capital metropolis of Kyiv. There are nonetheless nicely over 150,000 Russian troops surrounding Ukraine.
As I stated, Russian forces stay positioned in Belarus to assault Ukraine from the north, together with warfare planes and offensive missile techniques. Russia’s moved troops nearer to Ukraine’s border with Russia. Russia’s naval vessels are maneuvering within the Black Sea to Ukraine’s south together with amphibious assault ships, missile cruisers and submarines. Russia’s moved provides of blood and medical tools into place on the border. You don’t want blood until you intend on beginning a warfare.
Over the previous couple of days, we’ve seen a lot of the playbook that Secretary Blinken laid out final week within the United Nations Safety Council come to move. A significant improve in navy provocations, and false flag occasions alongside the road of contact within the Donbas, dramatically staged, conveniently on digital camera, assembly of Putin’s safety council to grandstand for the Russian public. And now, political provocation of recognizing sovereign Ukrainian territory, so-called impartial republics, in clear violation, once more, of worldwide legislation.
President Putin has sought authorization from the Russian Parliament to make use of navy pressure outdoors of Russian territory. And this set the stage for additional pretext of additional provocations by Russia to attempt to justify additional navy motion.
None of us, none of us needs to be fooled. None of us will probably be fooled. There is no such thing as a justification. Additional Russian assault of the Ukraine stays a extreme risk within the days forward. If Russia proceeds, it’s Russia and Russia alone that bears the accountability. As we reply, my administration is utilizing each instrument at our disposal to guard American companies and shoppers from rising costs on the pump.