Biden predicts ‘long discussion’ with Putin over possible invasion of Ukraine | World News

US President Joe Biden on Friday (native time) mentioned he was going to have a “long discussion” with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about Moscow’s current actions signalling its intention to invade Ukraine. The considerations of a possible Russian invasion grew after US intelligence officers reportedly decided the Kremlin’s plan to launch a navy offensive in opposition to Ukraine may start as quickly as early 2022.

“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,” Biden instructed reporters whereas leaving for a weekend journey to Camp David.

When requested about Putin’s warning that the US deploying countermeasures in Ukraine would symbolize a purple line for the Kremlin, Biden mentioned, “I don’t accept anybody’s red lines.”

The new US intelligence discovering estimates that Russia’s possible navy offensive would come with 175,000 personnel with half of them already deployed at varied factors close to Ukraine’s border, reported Associated Press citing an official in Biden administration. The report means that Russian propaganda equipment has intensified its operations to denigrate Ukraine and NATO forward of a possible invasion.

Earlier on Friday, Biden mentioned he was coordinating with European allies to make it “very, very difficult” for Putin to launch an offensive in opposition to Ukraine.

“What I am doing is putting together what I believe to be will be the most comprehensive and meaningful set of initiatives to make it very, very difficult for Mr. Putin to go ahead and do what people are worried he may do,” Biden instructed reporters.

The two world leaders final met in June at a stately 18th-century mansion in Geneva the place the problems associated to Ukraine had been additionally mentioned.

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