Joe Biden on Friday delivered remarks on the Russia-Ukraine situation from the Roosevelt Room at the White House.
“We have reason to believe the Russian forces are planning to and intend to attack Ukraine in the coming week — the coming days. We believe that they will target Ukraine’s capitol of Kiev, a city of 2.8 million innocent people. We’re calling out Russia’s plans loudly and repeatedly not because we want a conflict,” Biden said in prepared remarks on Friday.
Joe Biden told reporters that he’s “convinced” Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the decision to invade Ukraine.
Biden’s remarks come a few days after US ‘intel’ warned of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Wednesday.
“Do you have any indication about whether President Putin has made a decision on whether to invade?” a reporter asked Joe Biden on Friday.
“As of this moment I’m convinced he’s made the decision. We have reason to believe that,” said Biden.
“We have significant intelligence capability,” Biden said when the reporter asked him why he’s so confident.
Biden said diplomacy is still a possibility.
Q: "Do you have any indication about whether President Putin has made a decision on whether to invade?"
President Biden: "As of this moment I'm convinced he's made the decision. We have reason to believe that." pic.twitter.com/Z3e8PU9Dd9
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