Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Pentagon presses Russia to stand down over Ukraine

Anthony Blinken and Lloyd Austin are apparently striving to be the new Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

The Hill

The Pentagon on Friday called on Russia to stand down as tensions rise over the threat of a Russian military incursion into Ukraine.

Speaking to reporters, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Moscow has for months been deploying forces along Ukraine’s border at a “consistent and steady pace,” which has been supported by Russian naval activity in the northern Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea.

“We don’t believe that President [Vladimir] Putin has made a final decision to use these forces against Ukraine,” Austin said. “He clearly now has that capability.”

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