The White House official said the American President Joe Biden called a meeting of his National Security Team on Monday, February 22, about Russia-Ukraine border crisis, as Russia’s Vladimir Putin considered an appeal by two Russian-backed regions of Eastern Ukraine to be independently recognized, an action that could offer the Kremlin a reason to amenably dispatch forces.
The U.S. official provided remarks after Reuters’ onlooker observed U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, the U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Antony Blinken, Secretary of the United States, come to the Executive Mansion on Washington’s Birthday national holiday.
Today, President Biden convened a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss the latest developments regarding Russia’s military buildup on the borders of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/v3EKIj9PRb
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 20, 2022
In addition, an image by the White House on Twitter displays that the CIA Director William Burns and the U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen also attended the meetings in the Situation Room, whose agency would take a leading role in announcing sanctions against Moscow if it were to attack its neighbor.
President Biden convoked a meeting of the U.S. National Security Council on Sunday due to the worsening security situation along the Ukrainian border. The White House Press Secretary said late Saturday that Mr. Biden was getting regular updates over the weekend about happenings in the crisis zone.
Furthermore, the news about communication between the U.S. President and his National Security Team took on extraordinary urgency this weekend after Mr. Biden stated he anticipated Russia’s Putin had selected to launch a large-scale attack on the post-Soviet country of Ukraine.
“do everything they can”
According to the White House official Kamala Harris, the U.S. Vice-President would contribute remotely from the ATC call sign ‘Air Force Two’ as she returns from Germany, where she held a meeting with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian President, at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2022 over the weekend.
The U.S. and its allies from the North Atlantic Alliance have jumbled in last weeks to discover the diplomatic way in the mounting crisis near the borders with Ukraine Earlier, and the U.S. State Secretary said Moscow’s latest choice to stretch military exercise in the East European landlocked country of Belarus proposes that this’s absolutely serious, that they’re on the edge of an incursion.
Antony Blinken, referring to Russian leader Mr. Putin, said in an appearance on ‘State of the Union’ that they’ll perform every possible thing they can in an attempt to avert it prior it happens, but correspondingly they’re ready to respond, if Putin does persist, to impose harsh costs, to provide for Ukraine’s continuing defense to strengthen the Western military alliance.
Moreover, the U.S. State Secretary signaled on ‘Meet the Press’ that his planned summit with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, this week would be called off if Russia further shows aggression. When inquired whether it would mean ‘a war has started,’ if the summit is dropped, he said that is a decent summary. He asserted they’re doing every possible thing they can, and it is his responsibility to see to everything he can try diplomatically to avoid an extensive war.
Earlier, the U.S. says Moscow has accumulated an armed force numbering 169k-190k personnel in the crisis region, including the separatist forces in the breakaway regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, and had warned of large-scale attack any time.