Putin “has made the decision” to invade Ukraine, says Biden

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, affirmed this Friday that he is convinced that his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, will attack Ukraine and that he has already made that decision.

"At this point I am convinced that you have already made up your mind"Biden said at a press conference at the White House when asked if he believes that the Russian president has already adopted a resolution on the matter.

The US president ruled out that Putin contemplates "not even remotely" use nuclear weapons, although he stressed that it is focused on "try to convince the world that it has the ability to change the dynamics in Europe".

He recalled that currently Russian soldiers surround Ukraine from different parts of the common border and from Belarus.

"We believe that the Russian forces are planning to attack Ukraine in the next week, the next few days. We believe that they will attack the capital of Ukraine, Kiev, a city of 2.8 million innocent inhabitants"he detailed.

Asked if the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, should leave his country in the event of a Russian invasion, Biden indicated that "it might be a wise choice".

For this reason, he justified that the US is giving an account of Moscow’s alleged plans: "Not because we want a conflict, but because we are going to do everything in our power to eliminate the reason that Russia could use to invade Ukraine and prevent them from moving".

In this sense, he insisted that Russia is seeking to create a pretext and relies on disinformation to justify an attack on the neighboring country.

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Biden warned that if Russia finally invades Ukrainian territory it will be "responsable" of a war "unnecessary and catastrophic" what you have chosen to do.

Throughout his speech, the US president emphasized the "Unit" between the US and its allies against Russia and once again threatened to impose sanctions on Moscow in the event of an attack on Ukraine.

However, Biden left the door open to diplomacy, since, in his opinion, "it’s not too late to de-escalate and return to the negotiating table"

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