The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has advised this Thursday to the American citizens who reside in Ukraine to leave “now” in the framework of the tensions generated by the accumulation of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border.
“It’s not like we’re dealing with a terrorist organization. We’re dealing with one of the largest armies in the world. It’s a very different situation things could get crazy fast“, Biden said in an interview with the presenter of the US network NBC, Lester Holt.
Faced with one of Holt’s questions about a possible operation by the United States to rescue Americans living in Ukraine, Biden replied that “they do not contemplate any scenariosince it would be a world war the moment the Americans and Russia started shooting at each other.”
“When asked what scenario could prompt him to send troops to rescue Americans fleeing the country, President Biden replied: “There’s not. That’s a world war when Americans and Russia start shooting at one another.” https://t.co/prn58xtKst“
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 10, 2022
At a press conference at the end of January, two senior State Department officials assured that “the US government would not be in a position to evacuate US citizens in the event of a contingency.”
That same day, the United States ordered the departure of Ukraine from the families of diplomats from its embassy in the country due to the “continued threat of military action by Russia”, adding that “non-essential personnel” could leave the country. if he so desired, according to a Jan. 23 statement.
They also informed citizens residing in the country that “the security situation, especially along the borders of Ukraine, in Russian-occupied Crimea and in Russian-controlled Donetsk, is unpredictable and could deteriorate at any time.” “, so they were advised to leave the country on commercial flights or other means of transport.
According to the newspaper New York Timesa senior US official confirmed that military and intelligence officials in the Biden Administration estimated that the Russian Army would have mustered 70 percent of the forces it would need for a full invasion of Ukraine.
This information was later commented on by the United States ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, in response to another question from the press about the deployment of troops by Russia and a possible “fall” of Kiev in about 48 hours. .
“We are still working to dissuade the Russians from making the wrong decision to choose confrontation,” Thomas-Greenfield said then, adding that the United States “continues to work on a diplomatic solution.”
In Thursday’s interview with NBC, Biden settled the issue by saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin “is smart enough not to actually do anything that has a negative impact on American citizens.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.