March 23, 2014
On Sunday Obama’s deputy national security advisor, Tony Blinken, said Russia is amassing troops on the border ahead of a move to invade Ukraine.
Blinken made his remarks as Obama prepares to travel to Europe and talk with the Group of Eight about further sanctions on Russia after the people of Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine. Congress, the Obama administration, and the establishment media in the U.S. characterize the vote as outright annexation by Russia.
“It’s deeply concerning to see the Russian troop buildup on the border,” Blinken told CNN’s Candy Crowley. “It creates the potential for incidents, for instability. It’s likely that what they’re trying to do is intimidate the Ukrainians. It’s possible that they’re preparing to move in.”
Ukraine Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia said war with Russia is becoming more likely by the day. “The Ukraine government is trying to use all the peaceful diplomatic means and diplomatic means to stop Russians but the people are also ready to defend their homeland,” he told ABC News on Sunday.