White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Wednesday that Russia could not describe the possible occupation of Ukraine as “immediate” and could intervene “at any time”, AFP reports.
At a news conference last week, Zhen Zaki said the invasion of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border was “immediate.”
A few days later, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky urged Westerners not to panic, Agerbire says.
On Wednesday, a White House spokesman told reporters that the US administration had “stopped using (this word) because it sent a message other than what we wanted to convey.”
Washington’s position is that Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that his army can “invade at any time.”
He said it was “true” and did not know if the United States had “made a decision” on the issue.
On Wednesday, Washington announced it would deploy about 3,000 U.S. troops in Eastern Europe to defend NATO nations “against any aggression,” while diplomatic ballet continued, the AFP reported.
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