Not a good day for a Ukrainian invasion?
..healthy skepticism of U.S. foreign policy continues to be a good thing
“We are told that February 16 will be the day of the attack,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
After that date spread around the world, Zelenskyy spokesman clarified that the president, who is a former comedian, was only saying what has been reported elsewhere.
Maybe it was a good joke that went over American diplomats’ heads? Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an exchange with George Stephanopoulos on the ‘day of the attack’:
GS: It appears from some of the comments from American officials over the last several days that you're concerned that President Zelenskyy of the Ukraine is not taking this threat seriously enough. Is that true?
AB: Oh no. I think President Zelenskyy is taking it very seriously. He is trying to maintain calm. He doesn’t want his people to panic. That’s the right thing to do.
While the President of the nation that could be invaded is maintaining calm, America relocated its Embassy operations from Kyiv to Lviv, in western Ukraine. This follows America’s move in late January to have all relatives of embassy staff leave because ‘an invasion could come at any time.’ Meanwhile Europe is faced with the serious issue of ~35% of its natural gas coming from Russia, and the EU did not move their embassy staff because as EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said, they did not want to "dramatise" tensions.
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