Antony Blinken warns Russia over troop build-up, regional aggression

The Biden administration said Wednesday it fears Russian forces may be on the verge of entering Ukraine to “rehash” the chaos that resulted in Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, warning the Kremlin that the U.S. and its allies are committed to helping Ukraine defend itself.

The sharp messaging comes days after President Biden dispatched CIA Director William Burns to Moscow for talks with Russian officials in part over its ongoing troop buildup along the Ukrainian border, although U.S. officials have yet to specify how they’ll respond if Russia invades Ukraine. Moscow claims it is only responding to a U.S. and NATO buildup of military forces on Russia‘s western border.

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