Q: What’s the threat of invasion of Ukraine?

Biden: It’s very — because they have not — they have not moved any of their troops out.  They’ve moved more troops in, number one.  Number two, we have reason to believe that they are engaged in a false-flag operation to have an excuse to go in.  Every indication we have is they’re prepared to go into Ukraine, attack Ukraine — number one. 
 
Number two, I’ve been waiting for a response from Putin for my letter that — my response to him.  It’s come to that Moscow embassy.  They’re faxing it here.  Not faxing it, they’re sending it here.  I have not read it yet.  I cannot comment on it.

Q: Is Russia going through with it?

Biden: Yes. My sense is that it will happen within the next several days.

Q: Is there any diplomatic path still available?

Biden: “Yes there is.That’s why I asked Senator — Senator! [Mocking his own error] — Secretary Blinken to go to the United Nations to make his statement today. He’ll lay out what that path is. I laid out a path to Putin as well, I think Sunday. [Note: They actually talked on Saturday.] But there is a path. There is a way through this.

Q: Are you going to call Putin?

Biden: I”m not calling — I have no plans to call Putin.

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