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US will defend allies from Russia’s diplomacy: Sullivan

According to National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, the US does not believe Russia has decided to attack Ukraine, but is prepared regardless of which course it takes.

After a week of discussions between the US, its Western allies, and Russia, Sullivan told reporters, “We’re ready either way.”

“We’re prepared to make progress at the bargaining table… and we’re prepared to take the necessary and correct steps to defend our allies, back our partners, and respond forcefully to any naked aggression that may occur.”

Russia has deployed tens of thousands of troops on Ukraine’s border in exchange for assurances that NATO will not expand eastward.

“The intelligence community has not concluded that the Russians have definitively chosen to intervene militarily in Ukraine,” Sullivan said.

“At the moment, Russia has the potential to come to the table,” says the author.

In an interview published Thursday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who spearheaded negotiations in Geneva with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, did not rule out Russia sending troops to allies Venezuela and Cuba if diplomacy fails.

He remarked, “I don’t want to affirm it… nor do I want to rule it out.”

The remarks were labelled “bluster” by Sullivan, who added that Russia did not bring up the topic during conversations.

“We would deal with Russia decisively if it moved in that way,” Sullivan added.

In 1962, when Moscow deployed ballistic missiles to Cuba, sparking crisis diplomacy, the US and the Soviet Union were regarded to be the closest to nuclear war.