the head of the American diplomacy describes in detail what a Russian intervention would look like

The head of the American diplomacy Antony Blinken described in detail, this Friday at the UN, what the Russian intervention against Ukraine would look like.

US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken urged Russia on Thursday at the UN to “give up the path of war”, describing in great detail but without providing evidence the worst-case scenario of an imminent attack on Ukraine .

“I am here today not to start a war, but to prevent one”, launched the Secretary of State, very serious, before the Security Council in New York, adding that he proposed Thursday to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to meet “next week in Europe”.

“I have no doubt that the response to my statements here today will be further denials from the Russian government,” he said.

For Blinken, it is “clear” that the Russian forces are preparing”

“The Russian government can announce today” that “Russia is not going to invade Ukraine, say it clearly, say it fully to the whole world, and then demonstrate it by sending its soldiers, its tanks, its planes, back to their barracks and hangars, and by sending its diplomats to the negotiating table”, he hammered. “In the days that follow, the world will remember that commitment, or the refusal to do so.”

“Our information clearly shows that ‘Russian forces on the Ukrainian borders,’ including ground forces and aircraft, are preparing to launch an attack on Ukraine in the coming days,” Antony Blinken continued.

He described the scenario that US intelligence expects, and “unfolding right now, today, as Russia moves toward war and renews its threat of military action.”

Russia will “fabricate a pretext” to launch “its attack”

While saying he is aware of the skepticism of those who recall the past errors of US intelligence, the minister assured that he wanted to provide as many “details, in the hope that by sharing them with the world”, it will “push Russia to abandon the path of war”.

According to him, Moscow will first “fabricate from scratch a pretext for its attack”, whether it is a “violent event that Russia will attribute to Ukraine”, a “so-called terrorist attack in Russia”, or “the invented discovery of a mass grave, a staged drone strike against civilians, or a fake or even real chemical weapons attack”.

“Russia can describe this as ethnic cleansing, or genocide,” he further warned, noting that these “false alarms” had intensified in recent days and again on Thursday in Russian state media.

The Russian government will then, according to Antony Blinken, “proclaim that Moscow must retaliate to defend Russian nationals or Russian-speaking inhabitants in Ukraine”.

Blinken asks for “serious dialogue, no facade”

“Then the attack will begin,” warned the head of American diplomacy. “Russian missiles and bombs will fall on Ukraine, communications will be cut off, cyberattacks will block key Ukrainian institutions,” he said, without providing evidence to support this disaster scenario. “Then tanks and soldiers will advance against key objectives that have already been identified,” including the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, he charged.

Antony Blinken also reported “information indicating that Russia will target specific groups of Ukrainians”, without further details.

In response, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Verchinin denounced “very disappointing” scenarios described by the American. “It only increases the tension”, he lamented, also regretting “strongly that the statements of Moscow are not taken into account”.

“We are ready” for “a very serious dialogue, not a facade dialogue”, he pleaded.

Jeanne Bulant with AFP BFMTV journalist