Ukraine crisis: USA ready “one way or the other”, says Biden adviser


A senior US official said Sunday that the US will announce its “next steps” in the Ukraine crisis. The statement came after intense diplomacy failed to mitigate the threat of a new conflict over Ukraine

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A senior US official said Sunday that the US will announce its “next steps” in the Ukraine crisis. The statement came after intense diplomacy failed to mitigate the threat of a new conflict over Ukraine

Amid growing fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said the US was “ready either way.”

“We are in close contact with our allies and partners, including Ukrainians,” President Joe Biden’s top adviser told CBS. “We are closely coordinating the next steps. And we will have more to say about the next steps in diplomacy early next week.”

“But the key point here is that we are ready either way. If Russia wants to move forward with diplomacy, we are perfectly ready to do so in lockstep with our allies and partners.

“If Russia wants to go down the path of invasion and escalation, we’re ready for that too, with a robust response.”

Russia has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers on the border with Ukraine. Although Russia claims it has no plans to invade Ukraine, tensions are high.

The Kremlin on Sunday again insisted it had “no military action,” although it warned of unnamed “counteraction” if NATO rejects Moscow’s calls for a reduction in its military presence in Eastern Europe.

Meanwhile, officials in Kiev on Sunday said they had evidence Moscow was involved in what they called a “massive cyberattack on government websites” in Ukraine.

The Kremlin has denied any involvement.

(With contributions from agencies)

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