On Thursday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that he is “convinced” Moscow is going to try to overthrow the Ukrainian government.
Blinken's comments came during a taped national TV interview in which he was asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin's ambitions.
“You don't need intelligence to tell you that that's exactly what President Putin wants. He has made clear he’d like to reconstitute the Soviet Empire, short of that he’d like to reassert a sphere of influence around the neighboring countries that were once part of the Soviet bloc,” said Blinken.
Blinken went on to promise that NATO would stand in the way of Putin's ultimate goals.
“Now, when it comes to a threat beyond Ukraine’s borders. There's something very powerful standing in his way. That's article five of NATO, an attack on one is an attack on all,” the top diplomat said.