In an appearance on Face the Nation Sunday, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin confirmed that Russian officers have received order to launch an invasion into Ukraine. Martin said intelligence suggests Russian commanders are making all military preparations and “doing everything that American commanders would do once they got the order to proceed.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Russian President Vladimir Putin is following “the script almost to the letter” in positioning forces along Ukraine’s border.
“Everything we’re seeing tells us that the decision we believe President Putin has made to invade is moving forward,” Blinken said.
“We’ve seen that with provocations created by the Russians or separatist forces over the weekend, false flag operations, now the news just this morning that the ‘exercises’ Russia was engaged in in Belarus with 30,000 Russian forces that was supposed to end this weekend will now continue because of tensions in eastern Ukraine, tensions created by Russia and the separatist forces it backs there.”
On Friday, President Biden told reporters he was confident Putin had decided to invade in the “coming days.” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Sunday that the U.S. was running a “full-court press” to deter Putin, attempting to exhaust all negotiation avenues.
President Biden has also agreed to meet with Putin “in principle” so long as Russia has not begun an invasion, the White House said Sunday night.
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Trump, former Secretary of State chastise Biden for Iran exchange: ‘highly disturbing’
Former President Donald Trump and others have chastised the Biden administration for unfreezing billions of dollars for Iran in exchange for prisoners. On Monday Trump fumed over the “absolutely ridiculous 6 Billion Dollar Hostage Deal with Iran” and said it set a “terrible PRECEDENT for the future.”
“Once you pay, you always pay, & MANY MORE HOSTAGES WILL BE TAKEN. Our grossly incompetent ‘leader,’ Crooked Joe Biden, gave 6 BILLION DOLLARS for 5 people. Iran gave ZERO for 5. He’s Dumb as a ROCK!” Trump said.
Former Assistant Secretary of State Bobby Charles also criticized Biden. “It is disturbing beyond belief. You know, we try very hard to keep our emotional level heads, not allow ourselves to get worked up, but this is something worth getting worked up about,” Charles said in an upcoming interview on the “Just the News, No Noise” television show. “You know, to me, as a student of history. This is almost worse than Neville Chamberlain giving away Czechoslovakia to, you know, to the brown shirts led by Mr. Hitler.”
The Foreign Desk reports that while both sides released five prisoners each, the U.S. pushed to unfreeze $6 billion in Iranian assets in South Korea that had been frozen as part of the Trump administration’s sanction of Iranian oil purchases.
“At the end of the day, what you see here is $6 billion dollars being paid to the number one terrorist country in the world and the number one sponsor of terrorist organizations in the world in order to buy five hostages,” he went on. “What does that do? It immediately puts a price on every American head abroad; it immediately elevates the idea that Americans should be taken hostage and will be, that bad guys will be paid huge amounts of money by the federal government. But it’s also completely against American policy and the American law.”
“Look, appeasement has never worked in the history of nation states,” Charles continued. “And it doesn’t work even in interpersonal relations. And it definitely doesn’t work when you’re dealing with a terrorist organization and terrorist state.”
“This is the payment of American tax dollars in effect for hostages, and it is unconscionable, inappropriate, and in my view, illegal,” he concluded.
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