Blinken says Russia's plans include taking Ukraine's capital

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American Embassy in Kiev

1417501414175014 The United States Secretary of States, Antony Blinken, assured this Thursday, before the UN Security Council, that Russia’s plans to invade Ukraine include taking Kiev and assured that he proposed a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The head of American diplomacy traveled to New York at the last minute, in order to participate in the United Nations Security Council meeting, convened to discuss the crisis in Europe.

Blinken reinforced the idea that Russia has plans to attack Ukraine in the coming days and which, for that, will seek a “pretext” that justifies the attack.

According to the Secretary of State, this could include a false terrorist attack, an alleged discovery of mass graves, or even a real or fictitious chemical weapons attack.

“THE Russia could describe this event as ethnic cleansing or genocide, using a joke of a concept we take seriously,” Blinken said.

The US Secretary of State stated that the Russian press has already started to spread “false alerts” to start justifying an eventual invasion.

Furthermore, Blinken assured that the next step in Russia’s plan will be to hold meetings between different governments, at the same time as will follow bombers to Ukraine, a blockade of communications in the neighbor and cyber attacks.

14175014 “After that, Russian tanks and soldiers will advance on key targets that have already been identified and indicated in detailed plans. We believe these targets include the capital of Ukraine, Kiev,” said the American.

According to Blinken, the government trusts that, by disclosing this information to the international community, it can influence Russia to “abandon the path of war”.

14175014 The Secretary of State said that he wrote Lavrov to propose a meeting in Europe next week, with the aim of preparing a possible summit between the heads of the governments of the two countries.

In addition, he detailed that the United States also suggested meetings of the NATO-Russia Council and the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

According to Blinken, the hope is that these meetings can serve to reduce tension and reach agreement on the security concerns of all parties. 14175014In the last few hours, the US has minimized gives the credibility of the announcement of the retreat of the troops that were close to the border of Ukraine.

According to a US government source, all indications point out that Russia says in public that it wants to negotiate and seek to reduce tensions, while in private, “it mobilizes for war”.