U.S. Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenSunday shows preview: Russia-Ukraine crisis dominates as White House is ‘convinced’ of an invasion NATO staff in Kyiv moved to Lviv, Brussels Separatists in Ukraine sign ‘mobilization’ decrees amid threat of invasion MORE said on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinUkrainian president presses for preemptive sanctions against Russia Biden to convene National Security Council meeting on Ukraine 5 things to know today about the Russia-Ukraine crisis MORE is moving forward with plans of invading Ukraine, echoing President BidenJoe BidenUkrainian president presses for preemptive sanctions against Russia New Mexico rep to introduce bill offering asylum to Canadian truckers protesting vaccine mandates Ocasio-Cortez claps back after Tucker Carlson refers to her as ‘entitled white lady’ MORE‘s warnings last week.
“Everything we’re seeing tells us that the decision we believe President Putin has made to invade is moving forward,” Blinken said while appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“We’ve seen that with provocations created by the Russian’s separatist forces over the weekend, false flag operations, now the news just this morning that the quote-unquote exercises Russia was engaged in in Belarus with 30,000 Russian forces that were supposed to end this weekend will now continue because of tensions in eastern Ukraine, tensions created by Russia and the separatists forces it backs there,” he added.
Host Margaret Brennan also asked Blinken to respond to calls from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for the West to issue preemptive sanctions this past weekend, with Zelensky accusing the West of appeasing Putin.
“We don’t want to pull the trigger until we have to because we lose the deterrent effect at the same time,” Blinken said. “We also don’t want to detail in public exactly what we’re going to do because that will forewarn Russia that we’ll be able to prepare more effectively to try to mitigate the sanctions.”
When asked why there are no massive sanctions imposed on Russia yet, Sec. Blinken says, “we don’t want to pull the trigger until we have to because we lose the deterrent effect.” pic.twitter.com/eFNhqTzLcb
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On Sunday, it was reported that Russian troops had been given the instruction to invade Ukraine. This comes just days after artillery shells exploded along the contact lines in eastern Ukraine between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed separatists.