Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that the United States will continue to prepare a response to a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, as all steps taken by Russia indicate such intentions, the press service of the American mission said.
"I wish that it is true that they have no plans [to invade Ukraine]. But everything we’ve seen so far indicates that they are making motions in that direction," Thomas-Greenfield stated.
According to her, if Russia "have decided not to move forward" because of the USA's engagement with them "over the course of the past few weeks with President Biden speaking to President Putin – twice – then that’s a good thing."
She said the United States will continue to make every effort to de-escalate, engage in dialogue and a diplomatic settlement.
As it was reported, on January 10 Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Olha Stefanishyna announced that the discussion of security guarantees should begin with the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine's borders.
A month earlier, on December 10, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia that its attack on Ukraine would come at a high price called for a return to a diplomatic solution to the conflict.
On the same day, Russia offered NATO countries ways to defuse tensions in Europe, which arose in particular because of Ukraine. Russia has released a list of security proposals it wants to discuss with Western countries. These included NATO's promise to renounce all military activity in Eastern Europe and Ukraine.
In response to Russian demands for NATO, the United States of America and European allies will prepare their list of concerns as State Department Spokesman Ned Price stated.