Following an unprecedented sharing of US intelligence with EU and NATO, the allies have swung behind Joe Biden’s evaluation that Russia is ready to invade Ukraine. In an upcoming video summit with Mr Putin, the US president will warn him towards an invasion. Mr Biden will reportedly have the complete backing of NATO and the EU for retaliatory measures.
Earlier this week, an official from the Biden administration warned that Russia might be planning an invasion of Ukraine “as soon as early 2022”, the Financial Times reported.
The official additionally famous that half the navy models that will be needed for an offensive of that nature had arrived close to Ukraine’s border over the previous month.
The unprecedented degree of intelligence sharing by the US stems from Washington’s hope that – by constructing sturdy western help for sanctions – it could drive residence to Moscow the prices of any aggression.
They started sharing the main points in early November, upfront of a NATO meeting final week.
It was prompted by an preliminary reluctance from some European allies to consider that Russia was really making ready for an invasion, 4 of the officers who spoke to the Financial Times stated.
The Kremlin has persistently denied that it plans to invade Ukraine, blaming the growing hostility as a substitute on US and NATO’s help for Kiev.
One official described the intelligence shared with the allies as “extremely comprehensive”.
A second famous a “gap” in intelligence between the US and the opposite nations.
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President Biden is at present making ready a bundle of sanctions to discourage a Russian invasion.
Speaking on Friday, he stated: “We’re aware of Russia’s actions for a long time and my expectation is we’re going to have a long discussion with Putin.”
Referencing the Russian leader’s warning that deployment of western weapons or troops represented a “red line”, he added: “I don’t accept anybody’s red lines.”
The US warned that the Kremlin has prepared to deploy 100 battalion tactical groups of roughly 175,000 military personnel.
Earlier this week, German news outlet BILD, which spoke to high-ranking military sources, revealed that the attack might take place in three phases, giving Putin the opportunity to reassess the invasion if the Western reaction is sufficient.
On Wednesday US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that Russian plans ranged from “efforts to destabilise Ukraine from within to large-scale military operations”.