The United States has given this Friday a within 48 hours for citizens residing in Ukraine to leave the country before an imminent Russian invasion. Exists “a clear possibility” that Moscow launches an attack “at any moment”, which could come before the end of the Winter Olympics in Beijing on February 20, the national security adviser has warned of the White House, Jake Sullivan.
During the appearance before the press to request the immediate departure of Americans from Ukraine, Sullivan warned that the president, Joe Biden, “will not endanger the lives” of his soldiers in rescue operations.
After several weeks warning of an “imminent” Russian invasion under a false pretext and with Russia amassing more and more troops while carrying out maneuvers on the Belarusian border with Ukraine, the United States has gone a step further and puts a possible date on the attack after trying to lower the tension through diplomatic channels.
Biden and Macron will speak with Putin this Saturday
According to the North American country, if Russia finally decides to invade Ukraine, its offensive will probably start with “air raids and missile attacks” that “They will kill civilians regardless of their nationality”has assured the White House.
“We are not saying that a final decision has been made by President Putin,” Sullivan tempered, believing that a path to de-escalation was still possible, particularly through diplomatic channels.
However, Sullivan has warned that “signs of Russian escalation, including the arrival of new forces on the border with Ukraine” have continued to be observed in recent days.
Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts to de-escalate continue and The US president will speak by phone with Putin this Saturday. In addition, the Kremlin has indicated that Putin will also speak with the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, on the same day. Both leaders had already met in person this week to address the situation.
The United States sends an additional 3,000 troops to Poland
“Whatever happens, the West is more united than in years, NATO has been strengthened,” said the adviser before specifying that the United States is going to send an additional 3,000 soldiers to Poland. A large contingent that will be added to the nearly 2,000 displaced soldiers already in the Polish country and the 1,000 who have been in Germany since last week.
For his part, the Spanish army has sent this same Friday four fighters from the Los Llanos de Albacete Air Base bound for Bulgaria to support NATO.
Regarding the number of Russian soldiers who are in the vicinity of the Ukrainian borders, the White House has spoken of more than 100,000, figure similar to that offered this week by NATO. Given this number of displaced troops, the United States believes that Russia has concentrated enough units on the Ukrainian border to attack the country.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed on Friday that the members of the Atlantic Alliance are “united and prepared” in the face of the “high risk” of attack by Russia.
“We are united and prepared for any scenario. NATO remains open to dialogue, while making sure to protect all allies,” Stoltenberg said on his official Twitter account.
“Took part in leaders’ meeting hosted by @POTUS to address high risk of future aggression from #russia against #ukraine. We stand united & prepared for any scenario. #BORN remains open for dialogue, while making sure we protect all Allies. pic.twitter.com/R9DfdaM2qj“
— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) February 11, 2022
Biden meeting with NATO leaders to coordinate strategy
The deadline announced by the US to leave the country occurs on the same day that the president of the United States, Joe Biden, has organized a call with leaders of NATO member countries to coordinate the strategy on the crisis in Ukraine and promote a response based on “diplomacy and deterrence”.
The chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz; the president of France, Emmanuel Macron; British Prime Minister Boris Johnson; that of his Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, and the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, but not the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez.
The leaders agreed on the importance of making coordinated efforts to deter further Russian aggression against Ukraine, including its willingness to impose massive consequences and serious economic costs to Russia if it opts for a military escalation.
Regarding possible sanctions, the president of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, highlighted at the meeting that in the event of Russian intervention, the EU will impose sanctions affecting the financial and energy sectoras well as exports of high-tech products.
Also present at the meeting were the presidents of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, as well as the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the Council European, Charles Michel.
EU allows non-essential diplomatic staff to leave Ukraine
For his part, the European Union’s foreign spokesman, Peter Stano, has announced that the Twenty-seven will allow non-essential diplomatic personnel to leave Ukraine. Y they will have the opportunity to “telework from outside the country”.
Stano has stressed that it is not about an evacuation of the community delegation in Kiev. “We continue to assess the situation as it evolves, in line with our duty of care to our staff and in close consultation and coordination with the Member States of the European Union,” he said.
From Spain, sources from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have highlighted that they are “analyzing the situation in contact with our partners and allies in the EU and NATO”. And that Spain has “the evacuation device ready to activate it if necessary.”
Same decision that the United States has taken other countries such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Latvia, Denmark or Norway. Boris Johnson’s government has recommended to its citizens that do not travel to the country if it is not necessary and has withdrawn more staff from its embassy in Kiev.
Moscow describes as “hysteria” the statements about an early attack on Ukraine
Hours later, Russia dismissed news of an upcoming attack on Ukraine as “hysteria.”
“The White House hysteria is more revealing than ever. The Anglo-Saxons want war at all costs“, said the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajárova, on her social networks.
According to Zakharova, provocations, disinformation and threats are “the favorite method” of “Anglo-Saxons” to solve “their own problems”.
“The American political-military machinery is ready to overwhelm human lives again,” he said.
“The whole world is watching how militarism and imperial ambitions discover themselves,” added the Foreign Affairs spokeswoman.