Pentagon spokesman John Kirby says Americans won’t go into battle if Russia invades
The US military will not fight in Ukraine if Russia decides to invade Ukraine, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Sunday amid growing fears in Washington that war is imminent.
Speaking to MSNBC, Kirby was responding to President Joe Biden’s statement last week that US soldiers would not be flown to Kyiv to evacuate US citizens located in Ukraine.
“The president has made it very clear that American troops will not fight in Ukraine,” he added. Kirby reiterated. “[If] we are putting American forces there, as part of the mission to help evacuate the Americans, you absolutely raise the stakes of the miscalculation and certainly increase the possibilities of American troops and Russian troops getting into combat with each other.
According to Kirby, this would start the situation “on a whole new level.”
The Pentagon spokesman also stressed that US citizens in Ukraine still have the option of leaving the country and urged them all to do so. This advice echoes a similar statement made last week by US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, who encouraged all Americans to “leave immediately.”
“We want to be perfectly clear on this point: any American in Ukraine should leave as soon as possible, and in any event, within the next 24 to 48 hours,” he said. “Obviously we cannot predict the future. We don’t know exactly what will happen. But the risk is now high enough and the threat is now sufficiently immediate that this is what caution demands. »
Last Friday, a poll published by The Economist/YouGov revealed that only 13% of American adults think it would be a “good idea” to deploy troops to fight the Russians in Ukraine, with a majority (55%) opposed to any intervention. Respondents are however much more in favor of other measures, such as sanctions (50%), financial aid (42%) and sending arms (38%).
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