Biden Rushed CIA Chief to Moscow to “Warn” Russia Over Ukraine
"The administration is very, very concerned—this is the most concerned I've heard them about Russia in a really, really long time"
Hat tip to Rick Rozoff of Anti-Bellum
President Joe Biden dispatched CIA Director Bill Burns to Moscow earlier this week to warn the Kremlin that the US is watching its buildup of troops near Ukraine’s border closely, and to attempt to determine what is motivating Russia’s actions.
The rare trip by Burns to Russia, where he held talks with senior Kremlin security officials directly involved in the military activity, came as the US has grown increasingly concerned by Russia’s irregular movement of troops and equipment near Ukraine’s northern border, according to multiple US and Ukrainian sources briefed on the meeting.
The Biden administration has ramped up its efforts in recent days to de-escalate growing tensions between Moscow and Kiev. Following his meetings in Russia, Burns spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky by phone in an attempt to diffuse those tensions, the sources told CNN. A senior State Department official was also dispatched to Kiev on Thursday to support those efforts.
Burns as key intermediary
Assessments on Russia’s motives differ widely within the administration, with some sources telling CNN they believe Russia could be preparing for an invasion, while others suggest they are conducting an exercise, or simply trying to intimidate Ukraine.
And publicly, Ukraine has downplayed the idea that Russia is building up its military presence near the border beyond normal levels. Russia has “established a practice of “transferring and accumulating military units for the purpose of maintaining tension in the region and political pressure on neighboring countries,” Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
But in an effort to prevent any kind of escalation, Biden dispatched Burns to Moscow on Tuesday, where he met with Kremlin officials to try to deter any plans for an offensive by conveying that the US is closely monitoring the troop movements, according to people briefed on their meeting.
Satellite images taken by Maxar Technologies on Monday demonstrate the kind of irregular Russian troop and equipment movements that US officials are worried about. The images show Russian troops, tanks and artillery massing near the Russian town of Yelnya, and the Biden administration is more concerned than it was in the spring that Russia could launch an invasion, two senior US officials said.
In response to questions about the satellite images, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters this week that “The movement of our military equipment or army units across the territory of the Russian Federation is exclusively our business.” He added that “Russia has never threatened anyone, is not threatening, and does not pose a danger to anyone. But against the background of rather aggressive expansionist tendencies, especially on the part of NATO and other countries, Russia has always taken measures to ensure its security and will continue to do so.”
But one US official told CNN that the US has “serious concerns” about the Russian build up, adding, “It would be foolish for us not to be considering the possibility of an invasion or incursion.”
Another State Department official and a senior congressional aide noted that the US concerns stem largely from the fact that Russia appears to be putting pieces into place should it want to take action against Ukraine quickly.
“It is certainly an unprecedented buildup, and if Russia wanted to invade Ukraine, it has the capability and capacity to overwhelm Ukrainian forces,” the aide said. “With such a large buildup, Putin could order an invasion at any time and there would be very little warning.”
Things are murky in terms of military activity. Russian political messaging on Ukraine has been consistent and worrisome this year. The military deployments and exercises have been there to match.
— Michael Kofman (@KofmanMichael) November 2, 2021
Caveats. My impressions are based on what’s publicly or commercially available, and they’re dated at that. Also my view remains firmly that this is not much ado about nothing.
— Michael Kofman (@KofmanMichael) November 2, 2021
Intense outreach to allies
European diplomats in the US and Europe say that the US has been conducting intense outreach about Russia, an effort that began in just the last few days.
“The administration is very, very concerned—this is the most concerned I’ve heard them about Russia in a really, really long time,” said one diplomat. “I wouldn’t underestimate this. They’re doing a massive outreach to raise awareness about this.”
The concerns the US is sharing are “pretty specific” said another diplomat, who echoed others in saying that they are now being carefully and closely examined in European capitals, where perceptions of the Russian threat vary. Even so, diplomats from five different European countries acknowledged that the trendline of Russian actions in relation to Ukraine have been worrying.
В последние дни в интернете и в СМИ говорят о новой концентрации войск РФ у границы с Украиной. Мы изучили информацию, имеющуюся в открытых источниках, и хотя мы пока не видим весенних масштабов переброски техники, причины для беспокойства все равно есть https://t.co/qTqOLkp3Wc pic.twitter.com/8Zd2BS983H
— CIT (@CITeam_ru) November 2, 2021
Watching ‘with all of our capabilities’
The administration is far from reaching a consensus on Russia’s intentions, however, and other defense officials told CNN they have not seen indications that Russia is preparing for a sustained operation like an invasion. That would require supplies to be brought into the area like food, fuel and spare parts, the officials said.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said this week the US wasn’t seeing anything to indicate an imminent Russian move on Ukraine, but he still expressed concern at the “significant amount” of military movements along the border.
Speaking to NBC’s Lester Holt at the Aspen Security Forum, Milley said the Russian activity was “nothing overtly aggressive per se,” but he cautioned that the US is watching the movements “with all of our capabilities.”
Re: comments on the military situation surrounding Ukraine. People tend to have two settings, either nothing happening, or invasion tomorrow. At the moment it is a developing situation. It's not 'nothing happening' and it doesn't mean that there will be an offensive op tomorrow.
— Michael Kofman (@KofmanMichael) October 31, 2021
There is a history of escalation scares & coercive deployments that resolve peacefully. So there's no reason to commit to an interpretation without compelling evidence, but Russian force movements offer cause for concern & the situation merits watching in the coming weeks/months.
— Michael Kofman (@KofmanMichael) October 31, 2021
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Quote: Biden Rushed CIA Chief to Moscow to “Warn” Russia Over Ukraine
Is that a joke ??
I am actually happy, that the Russians are now strong enough so that the Empire has no chance of getting its hands on Russian resources.
Russia is tired of our USA arrogance and BS.
I think it is just a concrete warning to Kuh-yiv that there is a real army just over the hedge, and that it could crush the Ukrainian army of hoodlums and conscripts like a paper cup without even breaking a sweat. Nothing much needs to be read in to an absence of supply vehicles and spare parts, because (a) the Russian logistics chain is short; they are at home and access to reinforcements is not far away, and (b) in the event of an actual attack their thrust would be much like the Americans; if a vehicle breaks down, abandon it. They don’t pause the whole offensive while the mechanics smoke and tinker. The real giveaway is the absence of electronic-warfare and communications jamming equipment – and we don’t even know for sure that’s not present, we just haven’t seen it – and medical vehicles on standby to support casualties. It looks more like a good-sized exercise, but at that if it cools Ukraine’s ardor, it is a bonus. And it should – what we have seen is only about a battalion-strength presence, and even with that Russia would go through Ukraine like a spear through cottage cheese.
I find it hard to believe that the US War Machine would warn Russia against amassing troops inside Russia!! Talk about Hubris! Arrogance. It is especially galling that the US War Machine would warn a Country about amassing troops when it is the US War Machine that has troops and military bases ALL over the World. And it is the same War Machine that bomb Humanitarian aid workers. By “accident” of course.
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