For weeks now, Vladimir Putin has been playing a pedantic game with the rest of the civilized world, and leaders around the globe are growing tired of it.
It all began as Putin moved a massive trove of Russian troops to the borders of Ukraine, sending the world into a panic. It looked as though an invasion of the sovereign nation was imminent, forcing the US, G-7, and NATO, (among others), to issue dire warnings to the Kremlin.
Putin, however, claimed that the western world had no idea what they were talking about, and that it was their hysteria that was causing chaos in Europe. This is the sort of strange game that Putin loves to play, of course, and there’s no telling what his next move will be.
The uncertainty is forcing Joe Biden to take desperate action.
President Biden will be convening a National Security Council meeting on Ukraine on Sunday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Saturday.Trending:
“President Biden continues to monitor the evolving situation in Ukraine, and is being updated regularly about events on the ground by his national security team. They reaffirmed that Russia could launch an attack against Ukraine at any time,” she said.
Psaki also added that the president had received an update on Vice President Harris’s meetings at the Munich Security Conference.
Other world leaders were getting involved more heartily this week as well.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted earlier on Saturday that he had an “urgent conversation” with French President Emmanuel Macron.
“Informed about the aggravation on the frontline, our losses, the shelling of politicians & international journalists. Discussed the need and possible ways of immediate de-escalation & political-diplomatic settlement,” Zelensky said.
The general consensus among non-Russian diplomats is that the Kremlin-backed separatists in the Donbas region of Ukraine will feature prominently in the next few days or weeks, and will possibly execute a false flag attack against themselves that “forces” Putin to invade.