Russia surprised everyone on Tuesday noon when it withdrew some of the troops it had deployed on the border with Ukraine. It did so, moreover, 24 hours before the date on which the U.S. intelligence services marked as the beginning of the Russian invasion: Wednesday, February 16; that is to say, today.

But Joe Biden is not confident and considers that the attack is still “clearly possible”. He repeated this last night in a message to the public, in which he said that if Russia attacked Ukraine it would be “internationally condemned. The world will not forget that Moscow unnecessarily chose death and destruction”.

In his address, in any case, besides pointing out that the United States was ready for hostilities, he left room for a diplomatic way out of the conflict.

The U.S. president noted that the Pentagon “has not yet verified that Russian military units are returning to their bases.” He claims, in fact, that there would be more than 150,000 Russian troops around Ukraine and Belarus.

Biden insisted that an invasion of Ukrainian territory would unleash “a war without cause or reason,” which would have “immense” human costs for Ukraine and serious consequences for Moscow.

Another reason that makes the West suspicious about the Kremlin’s real intentions is the continuous arrival at the border of convoys with medical supplies to set up field hospitals.

In Moscow, meanwhile, Vladimir Putin assures that he remains ready to negotiate with NATO on security issues. “How will Russia act? According to the plan, and what does this plan consist of? The real situation on the ground,” he said, adding: “Who can say how the situation will develop? No one, for now. It depends not only on us,” the Russian leader said in a statement to the press.

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