Vladimir Putin may not stop after seizing Ukraine, US Secretary of State Tony Blinken has warned as satellite images show Russia has been amassing troops, armor and artillery along Belarus’s border with Poland.
Anthony Blinken was asked by ABC News Thursday night if he thinks the Russian president will withdraw his troops after conquering Ukraine.
“Is it possible that Putin will go beyond the borders of Ukraine? Of course it’s possible,” Blinken told host David Muir.
But he stressed that moving beyond Ukraine into neighboring Poland, Slovakia, Hungary or Romania would mean an invasion of a NATO member country and would automatically attract the US, UK, France, Canada and other countries that form an alliance of 30 countries.
“There’s something very strong standing in the way of that, and that’s what we call Article Five,” Blinken said.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke with David Muir on ABC on Thursday about Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Blinken was asked by ABC News Thursday night if he thought the Russian president would withdraw his troops once Ukraine was conquered. “Is it possible that Putin will go beyond the borders of Ukraine? Of course it’s possible,” Blinken told host David Muir.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during a briefing at the Office of the Head of State in Kiev
“This means that an attack on one NATO member is an attack on all NATO members,” Blinken added. “The President has made it clear that we will defend every inch of NATO territory.”
This is reported by foreign policy correspondent Jack Detsch, who said that “Russia has amassed troops, armored vehicles, artillery and more than 50 heavy equipment transporters at the training ground in Brest, near the Polish border. Russia has also added additional equipment to a nearby railway station in Belarus.”
Blinken said he thought it would be “the most powerful deterrent” against Putin moving his artillery outside of Ukraine.
NEW: Russia has amassed troops, armored vehicles, artillery and more than 50 heavy equipment transporters at the training ground in Brest, near the Polish border.
Russia has also added additional equipment to a nearby railway station in Belarus.
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— Jack Detsch (@JackDetsch) February 24, 2022
A satellite image shows armed forces near Brest in western Belarus.
Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Russian business circles in the Moscow Kremlin.
However, Blinken remains confident that Putin will try to achieve regime change in Ukraine.
– Are you sure that Putin will overthrow this government? Muir asked.
I am convinced that he will try to do it.
Blinken added that, in his opinion, no matter what happens, “democracy and independence of Ukraine will triumph,” no matter what happens in the fighting.
Russia launched a full-scale war against Ukraine from Wednesday evening into Thursday morning with simultaneous attacks from the south, east and north, from land and from the air. Rockets and bombs rained down from the sky, tanks crossed the border, helicopters honked, and after Putin gave the order to attack, explosions rang out across the country.
The attack continued until Thursday, when Russian helicopters carried out a massive strike on Ukraine’s Gostomel and its vital air base just 9 miles northwest of Kiev.
The President met with G7 leaders from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan on Thursday morning after he convened his National Security Council in the Situation Room at the White House. Also present at the G7 meeting were the President of the European Commission, the President of the European Council and the Secretary General of NATO.
Biden will make remarks about Russia’s “unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine” at 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon in his first public appearance since the invasion.
On Tuesday, Biden announced the “first tranche” of sanctions, a modest move that has led Democrats and Republicans alike to criticize the administration’s lack of toughness on Russia and Putin in the midst of a war.
It also certainly didn’t deter Putin from invading Ukraine overnight.
Even after taking more action, including imposing sanctions on the company behind the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, Biden still pushes for more “damaging sanctions” at home and in Congress.
Representative Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, walked out of the Center for Confidential Information (SCIF) on Capitol Hill to call for new sanctions.
“Russia launched an unprovoked, unjustified campaign against Ukraine with a full-scale invasion. Civilians are being killed, Ukraine is mobilizing opposition to the Russian invasion,” a congressman from the Democratic Party of California told reporters. “We have to give Ukraine support to protect itself.”
“We will also need, I think, to drastically increase the sanctions we are imposing on Russia for this act of blatant aggression by a Kremlin dictator,” Schiff added.
Presidential aides continue to flaunt the upcoming tougher punishment, but Bloomberg notes that there is still skepticism behind the scenes about the White House strategy.
Barring military intervention, Biden must now take on the challenge of proving that sanctions will be enough to deter a major adversary that has yet to be proven effective.
There are already about 90,000 US troops in Europe, many of whom have been redeployed or deployed to eastern NATO allies to defend against growing aggression from the Kremlin.
Russia continues its full-scale attack on Ukraine on Thursday as a report emerged indicating President Joe Biden’s aides knew and warned that sanctions would not prevent President Vladimir Putin from continuing his invasion. A photo provided by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry shows burnt-out Russian military vehicles near Hlukhiv, Sumy region, Ukraine on Thursday.
President Biden met with his National Security Council in the White House Operations Room on Thursday morning after Russia launched an overnight war against Ukraine. The President will speak at 1:30 p.m. to brief the nation after a full-scale invasion.
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Despite US officials spending hundreds of hours over five months debating and drafting sanctions, at least a dozen current and former US officials said they knew there was little to deter Putin, but their hands were tied after how Biden ruled out US military action in Ukraine. . A man sits outside his destroyed home after explosions in the eastern Ukrainian city of Chuhuiv on Thursday.
US troops from the 173rd Army Airborne Brigade arrive in Latvia on Thursday, February 24, to provide additional assistance in Eastern Europe as Russia launches a full-scale offensive into Ukraine.