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Biden sees a “distinct possibility” of Russia invading Ukraine in February

The tension between Russia and Ukraine does not cease, and the US president sees a possibility of an invasion in February.

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The president of United States, Joe Biden considers that there is a “clear possibility” that Russia invades Ukraine in February and he communicated it this Thursday to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodímir Zelenski, during a telephone call.

“President Biden said there is a distinct possibility that the russians may invade ukraine in februaryWhite House National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne wrote on her official Twitter account.

The spokeswoman spoke in this way after denying information published by the CNN network, which quoted an official Ukrainian source according to which Biden had told Zelensky that it was practically confirmed that Russia would invade Ukraine once the ground was frozen, and that it could “plunder” Kiev.

Horne dismissed that account as “completely false” and said that Biden had only communicated his impression that it was possible, but not certain, that Russia would invade the country in February.

In his call with Zelensky, Biden “reaffirmed the readiness of the United States and its allies and partners to respond decisively if Russia invades” Ukraine, according to a White House statement.

The US president told Zelensky that he is evaluating the possibility of granting “additional macroeconomic support to help the Ukrainian economy, given the pressure that has resulted from the increase in Russian military forces” on the country’s borders.

Biden also made it clear that “despite the departure of American family members and diplomatic personnel, the United States Embassy in Kiev remains open and fully operational,” the White House said.

The US State Department on Sunday ordered the families of employees at its embassy in Kiev to leave Ukraine and authorized the departure of non-essential personnel amid the “continued threat of military action by Russia.”

In addition, said diplomatic legation urged Americans in Ukraine on Wednesday to think about leaving the country “now” in the face of the “growing threat of Russian military action.”

Zelensky tried to defuse the situation on Tuesday, denying that these evacuations of diplomatic personnel mean an “imminent escalation” of the conflict with Russia.

In the call, both underlined the principle of deciding “nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine” in the context of negotiations with Russia on its security demands.

“President Biden expressed US support for efforts to resolve the conflict in the Normandy format, and expressed his hope that the commitment of the parties this January 26 with the terms of the ceasefire of July 2020 will help reduce tensions and promote the implementation of the Minsk Agreements”, concluded the White House.

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