Ukraine-Russia talks will take place on Monday, says Ukrainian official

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to put Russia’s nuclear forces on high alert was part of a larger pattern of unprovoked escalation and of “manufactured threats” from the Kremlin.

“This is truly a pattern that we have seen from President Putin throughout this conflict, who fabricates threats that do not exist in order to justify further aggression – and the global community and the American people should l ‘look through that lens,’ Psaki told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.”

She added: “All of this is a model of President Putin and we will defend him, we have the ability to defend ourselves, but we also have to call what we see here from President Putin.”

Asked about additional military aid or sanctions, Psaki said the United States stands ready to send more humanitarian, economic and defensive military supplies, noting the administration’s latest aid announcements since the conflict began.

“I would point out that the sanctions we announced yesterday put Russia on an equal footing with Iran, cutting them off from a banking system with the global community,” Psaki said.

Pressed on whether the United States would take more immediate action against Russia’s energy sector, Psaki said everything was “on the table” and added that the administration believes the current conflict shows that the United States should strengthen their domestic energy supply and diversify beyond. oil and gas.

PSAKI added that the United States remained in close contact with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and praised him for his leadership during the early days of the current war.

“He bravely stands against the invasion of President Putin and Russian leaders,” Psaki said. “We will stay in close contact with him.”

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