Scheduled for 4 p.m. today, the Prime Minister is due to meet virtually with Mr Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Polish President Andrzej Duda and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. EU and NATO leaders are also expected to join the talks. It comes as more than 100,000 Russian troops, tanks, artillery and missiles continue to masse along Ukraine’s borders, with meetings between the West and the Kremlin failing to defuse tensions and always leading to results. to similar conclusions: Moscow wants guarantees that NATO is not prepared to offer.
Mr. Biden, in his most pointed message to Americans in Ukraine so far, said he would not send troops to rescue American citizens who did not come out in time in the event of a Russian attack.
He told NBC News: “American citizens should leave now.”
The president issued the alert after Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, warned that an invasion of Ukraine could happen “at any time”, possibly before the end of the Olympics in winter of this month in Beijing, while other troops are deployed by the Kremlin. on his neighbour’s property.
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He said: “Put simply, we continue to see very worrying signs of Russian escalation.
“We are in a window where an invasion could start at any time, and to be clear, that includes during the Olympics.”
The Olympics run until February 20.
Mr Johnson, who traveled to NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday for talks over the dispute, called the row “the biggest security crisis Europe has faced in decades”.
He said: “I’m afraid to say that our intelligence remains gloomy and we see the gathering of a large number of tactical battalion groups – potential battalion troops – on the borders of Ukraine. 70 or more.”
In a joint press conference with the Prime Minister, Mr Stoltenberg added: “The number of Russian forces is increasing. The warning time for a possible attack is decreasing.”
As alarm spreads, several countries – including the Netherlands, Japan and South Korea – join the United States in telling their citizens to leave Ukraine and ban all travel there .
The Dutch diplomatic mission will be withdrawn from Kiev and moved away from the Russian border to Lviv in the west of the country.
As the West panics, Russia stands firm in denying that it is not planning an invasion but has the right to move forces into its territory as it sees fit.