Blinken assessed the impact of the Olympics on Russia’s plans for Ukraine

Blinken: The Beijing Olympics will not affect Russia's plans for Ukraine Russia will rely on its own interests, according to the US State Department. Bloomberg reported that the head of China could ask Putin to “not attack” Ukraine during the Olympics, Moscow and Beijing denied this

Anthony Blinken

Holding the Winter Olympic Games, which will be held in Beijing from February 4 to 20 , will not affect Russia's plans for a possible “invasion”; to Ukraine, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in an interview with CBS.

“I don't think so”, — he said in response to a related question. According to Blinken, Russia will make decisions “based on President [Vladimir] Putin's assessments of what is in its interests.” The Secretary of State reiterated that the Russian side would face “tremendous consequences” in case of aggression against Ukraine.

On Jan. 22, Bloomberg, citing an unnamed diplomat in Beijing, reported that Chinese leader Xi Jinping may have asked Putin to “not invade” to Ukraine during the Olympics. As the agency wrote, the head of the PRC seeks to strengthen his authority within the country on the eve of a possible third term in office and avoid a crisis in Europe, in this regard, the Chinese Foreign Ministry reminded countries of observing the UN resolution on the Olympic Truce.

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Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated that the Bloomberg article was published as part of an “information special operation by the relevant American services.” According to her, the American media will not wait for Russia to “attack”, but this does not happen.

The Chinese Embassy in Russia called Bloomberg data a fake.

Russia does not once stated that the country does not threaten anyone and is not going to attack anyone, and the movement of troops on its own territory— her internal affairs. The Kremlin pointed out that against the background of the “unfriendly atmosphere” due to NATO exercises and the advance of its infrastructure to the east, Moscow is “forced to take precautionary measures”: Russian troops are near the Ukrainian border, which is necessary “in the face of a very tense situation.”

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