The December 3 document became the first in a series of efforts to declassify intelligence about Russian plans by the United States and Britain, including details of a Russian sabotage campaign, a coup plot, an elaborate attempt to use a fake video. to create pretexts for invasion and other false flag activities conspired by Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU
Mr. Biden and Mr. Putin spoke by secure video link for an hour and 59 minutes on the morning of December 7, just three days after the declassified document was made public. According to US officials, the president presented Putin with a choice: agree to diplomacy or suffer severe economic and political consequences from sanctions to be imposed following an invasion of Ukraine. .
In a way, Mr. Biden was clearly prepared for this moment. Having visited Ukraine more than half a dozen times in the past decade, he knows the country better than any other US president. His foreign policy team is composed of what are often called “Atlanticians” who have spent their lives thinking about European security. (Antony J. Blinken, secretary of state, grew up in Paris.)
Aides also said Mr Biden’s long history with Mr Putin made him less susceptible to the Russian president’s tactics. In conversations about Ukraine, officials say that Mr. Putin often enjoys long explanations of the small details of the Minsk agreement, a complicated multi-year diplomatic effort with Ukraine that hopes to do so. situation disorder.
Mobilize the army
On Christmas Day last year, the Russian military publicly announced the withdrawal of 10,000 troops from the Ukrainian border, calling it proof that Putin had no intention of invading the neighboring country any time soon.
Inside the White House, the president and his team didn’t buy it.
Intelligence officials have seen many instances in which the Russians would move a battalion-level combat group closer to the border, establish the infrastructure needed for a swift invasion, and then then moved troops out, leaving a shell that could be used by other battalions, the Russian National Guard or other military forces loyal to Putin.
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