The US administration said that Russia could launch an attack on Ukraine at any point, warning that the US response would include all options.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that all options are on the table and that the situation is very serious.
Psaki added that it is up to Russia to decide which path to follow, noting that the economic consequences will be dire if Russia does not follow the diplomatic path.
Last Saturday, the Russian embassy in Washington confirmed that the US accusations against Russia of preparing a pretext for invading Ukraine are baseless, and serve as confirmation of the continued media pressure on Moscow.
The Director of Russian Foreign Intelligence, Sergey Naryshkin, announced that his country is interested in the fullest extent in good-neighborly relations with Ukraine, noting that Moscow has done a lot for Ukraine to become an independent state.
“Contemporary Russia has done a lot for Ukraine to become an independent state, and we are most interested in good-neighborliness with it,” Naryshkin said.
It is noteworthy that relations between Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “NATO” are witnessing, against the background of the situation around Ukraine, tension due to the increased presence of NATO forces near the Russian borders to protect Ukraine from a possible Russian threat, as Western countries say.
Moscow demands guarantees about the non-expansion of NATO into the republics of the former Soviet Union, including Ukraine, and the non-establishment of any of these republics. The basis of its sovereign right to do so.