By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent
WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Worthy News) – U.S. President Joe Biden predicted Wednesday that Russia would invade Ukraine after an American security diplomat told Worthy News to expect Russian military action in February.
“My guess is he will move in,” Biden said about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s alleged plan to invade Ukraine.
He spoke at a news conference marking Biden’s one year in office after a senior U.S. security diplomat told Worthy News that Russian forces were likely to attack Ukraine in February during the Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.
Biden comments also came as Russia warned that Moscow would only back down if it received “watertight” U.S. guarantees that it won’t expand the NATO military alliance into Ukraine.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who led the Russian delegation at the security talks with the U.S. in Geneva last week, said Moscow has “no intentions of invading Ukraine.”
But he stressed said that receiving Western security guarantees is imperative for Moscow to avoid a military confrontation.
NATO EMBRACING UKRAINE?
However, NATO says it’s up to Ukraine to decide whether to join the U.S military alliance.
And Biden warned Putin that Russia would pay a “dear price” in lives lost and a possible cut-off from the global banking system if it attacks Ukraine.
However, the struggling Biden also said a “minor incursion” by Russia would elicit a lesser response.
He later tried to clarify that he referred to a non-military action, such as a cyberattack. Biden stressed that such an attack would be met with a similar response.
Biden stressed that if Russian forces cross the Ukrainian border, killing Ukrainian fighters, “that changes everything. However, the U.S. security diplomat talking to Worthy News said Russian paramilitary forces are already in areas of Ukraine to provoke “a pretext for an invasion.”
Some 127,000 Russian forces have massed along Ukraine borders, according to a Ukrainian intelligence assessment.
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