(CNN) — Strategic Communications Coordinator at the US National Security Council, John Kirby, told CNN, on Tuesday, about developments in the Ukraine crisis that “the coming weeks and months will be decisive.”
Kirby added, speaking to CNN’s chief international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, “We believe that the coming weeks and months will be critical for Ukraine, that Russian President Vladimir Putin will try to launch an attack, and we have to make sure that we do everything we can to make sure that Ukraine is ready to defend itself.” And conduct offensive operations, and that’s why we’re intensifying the training of Ukrainian forces on things like the Patriot air defense system.”
“We are doing everything we can to make sure they are as ready as possible ahead of these crucial weeks and months ahead.”
Regarding Russian-Chinese relations, the US official stated that “Russia and China are united by the desire to challenge the United States and its influence around the world, and to confront this thing that we call the international system, which is the basis for the rule of law and the founding principles of the United Nations Charter that countries are supposed to abide by in All over the world, and they want to change the rules of the game, and to challenge the American leadership and the West, especially in Europe and elsewhere in the world.”
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