On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared on "NBC Nightly News" and announced that the United States has his Russia "hard" with sanctions and went on to state that he believes Russia will begin a full invasion of Ukraine before the end of the night because “everything is in place for Russia to move forward.”
Anchor Lester Holt asked, “Do you have reason to believe that, before this night is over, Russian forces will be engaged in something akin to a full invasion of Ukraine?”
Blinken replied, “I do. Unfortunately, Russia has positioned its forces at the final point of readiness across Ukraine’s borders, to the north, to the east, to the south. Everything seems to be in place for Russia to engage in a major aggression against Ukraine.”
He added that he “can’t put a date or an exact time on it, but everything is in place for Russia to move forward.”
Holt then asked about the first round of sanctions and how they failed to deter Putin, asking if this means the Biden administration is “out of options here, is Russian control of Ukraine a fait accompli?”
Blinken answered, “No, it’s not. And there, I think, is still an opportunity to avert a major aggression. Although, again, they’re in their final stages of being able to engage in one. Yesterday, when they began this invasion of Ukraine, we hit them hard, not just us, but in unison with Europe, in unison with our other allies and partners, going against major financial institutions, taking out a major project, the so-called Nord Stream 2 pipeline that Germany took off the table. … But at the same time, we’ve said very clearly, that, if Russia continues to escalate, so will we. And so, they have to factor that into what they’re thinking.”
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