Antony Blinken warned that the US is planning "things it hasn't done in the past" if Russia invades Ukraine.
The Secretary of State of the North American country did not specify how likely the occupation of the Kremlin is. Still, he did assure that Vladimir Putin is adept at keeping options open. "If they choose aggression, we are fully prepared for it," he said.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said his country is planning "things we haven't done in the past" if Russia invades Ukraine.
His comments come after days of diplomatic talks and a deadlock in resolving the Ukraine-Russia border crisis.
Russia has 100,000 soldiers lined up alongside Ukraine, with tanks and artillery. Although it is unknown whether Russia will invade Ukraine, experts such as retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman are not confident that Russian President Vladimir Putin will abstain. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most likely invasion, Vindman gave it an 8.
"The most likely scenario in my mind is a major military offensive in Ukraine," said Vindman, a former director of European affairs at the US National Security Council. "I hope I'm wrong, but that's what I see," he added, according to National Public Radio, the US public broadcasting service.
Blinken did not say how likely an invasion is, but he did say that Putin is adept at keeping options open and is likely weighing his odds on what might and might not work.
"It's quite possible that he hasn't quite decided what he's going to do," Blinken told NPR's All Things Considered on Thursday. "We have, I think, an important responsibility to help shape his thinking and again to make it very clear from our perspective what the options are, what the consequences of the options that he might pursue are going to be," he said.
"If they choose confrontation, if they choose aggression, we are fully prepared for it," he said.
"I think there are opportunities to address the concerns that we all have about security in Europe and to make meaningful progress that could address some of the legitimate Russian concerns and address, critically, the many concerns that the Europeans and we have. But, alternatively, as I have said, if (Putin) chooses to renew the aggression against Ukraine, that is also going to have consequences," Blinken noted.
Asked on NPR about possible progress, he said it would not "happen in an environment of escalation with a gun to Ukraine's head. ""We are going to need to see some significant de-escalation," he added.
Blinken has repeatedly warned Russia that there will be "massive consequences" if it attacks Ukraine without much detail.
"I am not going to telegraph with specificity what we would do, except to say that when it comes to sanctions, to economic and financial measures, as well as measures to, as necessary, reinforce Ukraine and NATO defensively, we are planning and putting things together. that we haven't done in the past," Blinken said. "And I think Russia is very aware of a lot of the things that we would do if we were put in a position where we have to do them," he detailed.