Transcript for Crisis between Russia and Ukraine
- The international crisis along the Ukraine border, where tens of thousands of Russian troops are mobilizing amid growing fears of an invasion. ABC's MaryAlice Parks is at the White House with the latest. Mary Alice, good morning.
- Witt, good morning. Everyone seems to be waiting for Russia and for President Putin to make his next move. I spoke with White House staff yesterday who told me they're continuing to make overtures to the Russians to try to get them to keep talking, to keep negotiating. But we know that last week's high-level meetings did nothing to de-escalate the situation on Ukraine's border.
Russia has been demanding these guarantees that Ukraine will not become a member of NATO and that NATO will pull back troops from Eastern European countries. Those are demands at the White House says are just non-starters.
Now, the White House staff I spoke to yesterday said they did not think an invasion was coming in the next few days. But clearly, the White House is worried that Russia could soon start to try to provoke a crisis. On Friday, we heard the Biden administration publicly accused Russia of already having operatives in Ukraine, trained in explosives, who, the White House says, could try to cause some kind of disturbance inside Ukraine that Putin would then use as a pretext to invade.
Now, I asked the White House why they decided to come forward with this intelligence. I was told that they wanted to point out to the world that all of this looks very similar to what Russia did in 2014 before it invaded Crimea and that by sharing the very latest, the White House is hoping to keep up the pressure on European allies to make preparations now for possible sanctions. Witt?
- And so much at stake, MaryAlice. Thanks.
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