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Newsline: Top US diplomat warns of “massive consequences” for Russia over Ukraine invasion

As tensions along Russia’s border with Ukraine continue to escalate, Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Sunday there will be “massive consequences” for Russia if its military forces invade Ukraine. “Russia will make its decisions based on President [Vladimir] Putin’s calculus of what’s in their interest,” Blinken said in an interview with “Face the Nation.” “We are working very hard to affect that calculus, both in terms of offering a diplomatic path forward that could enhance collective security for all of us and equally a path of defense and deterrence, that makes very clear that if there’s aggression, there’ll be massive consequences. So the choice is his.” (https://news.yahoo.com/blinken-warns-massive-consequences-russia-160229735.html) Despite diplomatic negotiations led by the U.S., more than 100,000 Russian troops have moved to Russia’s border with Ukraine, while satellite imagery shows tanks, artillery and support equipment also beginning to amass. With tensions rising and warnings of a potential invasion have grown, experts believe Russian President Vladimir Putin will wait until February, when the ground freezes, to attack Ukraine. Russian forces are also moving into Belarus, providing troops with another angle to advance into Ukraine.

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