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Kamala Harris meets Ukrainian Zelensky, promises unified action if Russia invades: ‘A watershed moment’


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Vice President Kamala Harris met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Munich on Saturday and promised united action with allies around the world if Russia were to invade Ukraine, including “tough” economic sanctions.

“As you know, this is a defining moment in the history of our world and this is an important meeting for that and many other reasons,” Harris said during a bilateral meeting with the Ukrainian leader.

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February 19, 2022: US Vice President Kamala Harris (right) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrive for photos before meeting at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany . (Photo by ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

His remarks come a day after President Biden said he was “convinced” that Russian President Vladimir Putin had decided to invade Ukraine, after a continued buildup of forces on the Ukrainian border.

Harris met with allies in Europe, including NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Latvian President Egils Levits, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, and sought to present a united front against the Moscow aggression. She also addressed the Munich Security Conference.

On Saturday, she reiterated that there would be “tough” sanctions for Russia if it invaded.

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“The United States takes seriously the importance of Ukraine’s integrity and territorial integrity and your sovereignty, and the United States supports Ukraine in this regard,” Harris said. “If Russia further invades your country, as I mentioned earlier today, we will impose swift and severe economic sanctions. We have been clear about this.”

She said the United States would prefer a diplomatic resolution and keep the way open, but if Russia invades, “we stand ready to implement and do this work in a unified manner with our allies around the world.”

“Any threat to your country, we take seriously, and we have brought together our allies and partners to speak with one voice, and those voices have been reflected throughout the past few days and before,” he said. she declared.

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Kamala Harris meets Ukrainian Zelensky, promises unified action if Russia invades: ‘A watershed moment’

February 19, 2022: US Vice President Kamala Harris and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pose for photos before a meeting at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany (Photo by ANDREW HARNIK /POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Biden said on Friday that the United States believed Russia was engaging in a “false flag” operation as Russia and Ukraine accused each other of bombing the east of the country and an invasion of the country. Ukraine “will happen in the next few days”.

“They didn’t move their troops. They moved more troops,” Biden said. “Every indication we have is that they are ready to enter Ukraine, to attack Ukraine.”

Earlier this month, the Pentagon announced that it had intelligence that Russia was likely to “fabricate” a pretext for an invasion of Ukraine, which would falsely pin an attack on Ukrainian forces.

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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said this type of plan was “straight out of their playbook.”

U.S. officials believe that Russia is planning “to stage a fake attack by Ukrainian military or intelligence forces against Russian sovereign territory or against Russian speakers to justify their action in this fake attack,” Kirby explained on Feb. 3. .

Brooke Singman of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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