Biden does not rule out Russia invading Ukraine in February

During a telephone call this Thursday, the president of U.S, Joe Bidenhas communicated to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyhis concern about the “distinct possibility” of Russia invading Ukraine in February.

On her official Twitter account, the spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, Emily Horne, has stated that “President Biden said there is a distinct possibility that the Russians could invade Ukraine in February.”

The spokeswoman has spoken like this after denying information published by the chain CNNwhich quoted an official Ukrainian source according to whom Biden had told Zelensky that it was virtually confirmed that Russia would invade Ukraine once the ground was frozen, and that it could “plunder” Kiev.

Horne has dismissed that version as “completely false” and has pointed out that Biden had only communicated his impression that the possibility of Russia invading the country in February was not ruled out.

Tensions in the negotiations

This Friday, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has stated that “if it depends on Russia there will be no war”, in an interview with local media. “But we will not allow our interests to be rudely ignored and trampled on either,” he later clarified.

Meanwhile, Biden for his part also wanted to make it clear that “despite the departure of American relatives and diplomatic personnel, the United States embassy in Kiev remains open and fully operational.”

France, Germany, Ukraine Y Russiawhich make up the so-called Normandy Quartetcomposed to resolve the war conflict in eastern Ukraine, already reaffirmed their “unconditional support for the ceasefire” on July 22, 2020, in a public statement after a meeting in Paris.

In addition, the White House has expressed US support for efforts to resolve the conflict in the normandy formatthat is, peacefully, at a negotiating table.

His hope that the parties’ commitment on January 26 to the terms of the July 2020 ceasefire will help reduce tensions and promote the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

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