General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discusses the stakes of the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the wider global implications with CNN’s Jim Sciutto.
Why Russia’s Ukraine aggression matters to Americans
by Zachary B. Wolf
Nobody knows for sure exactly what Vladimir Putin is doing with around 100,000 Russian troops parked near the Russia-Ukraine border, but it’s making the US and Europe extremely nervous.
President Joe Biden said this week he expected the Russians would “move in” and that a slight incursion would be met differently than a full-on invasion.
The US has spent the past few days cleaning up that remark and making clear any type of invasion is unacceptable.
Asked in Geneva by a reporter if he thought, like Biden, that an invasion was likely, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov used some interesting language.
“Unless the United States doesn’t go to bed with Ukraine, I don’t think so,” Lavrov said.
What does it mean for countries to ‘go to bed’? All of this high-stakes geopolitical chess, then, comes down to how intimate the US gets with Ukraine in the eyes of Russia.
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