Fri 14 January 2022:
According to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, the US has intelligence that Russia is planning to utilize agents to stage a false flag event as a pretext for an invasion of Ukraine.
“As part of its plans, Russia’s laying the groundwork to have the option of fabricating a pretext for invasion,” Psaki told a press briefing. “We have information that indicates Russia has already pre-positioned a group of operatives to conduct a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine.
The operatives are trained in urban warfare and in using explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russia’s own proxy forces.”
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stated on Thursday that the US intelligence community has no current opinion that Russia has decided to attack Ukraine. Russia has constantly rejected any intention of invading and has reserved the ability to move troops within its own borders.
Russia threatens Latin America troop deployments
A top Russian official has refused to rule out military deployments to Cuba and Venezuela if tensions with the West over Ukraine continue to escalate.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday that he could “neither confirm nor exclude” the possibility of Russia sending military assets to Latin America if the United States and its allies do not curtail their military activities on Russia’s doorstep.
“It all depends on the action by our US counterparts,” Ryabkov said in an interview with Russian television network RTVI, citing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warning that Moscow could take unspecified “military-technical measures” if Western powers fail to heed its demands.
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan dismissed the statements about a possible Russian deployment to Cuba and Venezuela as “bluster in the public commentary.”
He told reporters in Washington that “if Russia were to move in that direction, we would deal with it decisively”.
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