After months of rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Secretary of State Tony Blinken recently announced that an attack could be on its way.
According to the Washington Examiner, Blinken made that prediction to reporters on Friday following a gathering of NATO foreign ministers.
Blinken says Russia may be prepared to stage a false flag attack
“No one should be surprised if Russia instigates a provocation or incident, then tries to use it to justify military intervention, hoping that by the time the world realizes the ruse, it’ll be too late,” Blinken was quoted as telling reporters.
The secretary of state went on to dismiss Russian suggestions that Ukraine had acted as an aggressor, calling the claim “absurd.”
He went on to contend that conflict in the region is part of a larger Russian strategy, saying, “What’s happening in Ukraine is not only about Ukraine.
“It’s part of a broader pattern of destabilizing, dangerous, and often illegal behavior by Moscow as it tries to build a sphere of influence that covers the countries that were once under Soviet dominion,” he continued.
“Let’s remember that over the past two decades, Russia invaded two neighboring countries — Ukraine and Georgia — and maintains troops in munitions in Moldova against the will of the government.”
Blinken was joined at the event by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg who echoed the American officials warning.
“The risk of conflict is real,” Stoltenberg insisted, adding, “Russia’s aggressive actions seriously undermine the security order in Europe. NATO remains committed to our dual-track approach to Russia: strong deterrence and defense combined with meaningful dialogue.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says war with Russia could “destroy the world as we know it”
While many observers have argued that the United States has a vital national interest in defending Ukraine, others disagree.
They include former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who told Fox News host Tucker Carlson during an appearance on his show late last year that many Washington leaders are pushing a “dangerous” narrative.
“We are being pushed closer and closer very quickly to a hot war, a nuclear war that would destroy the world as we know it,” she warned.