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Today question of Russian troops invasion is open, but Ukraine must be ready – Danilov

KYIV. Nov 26 (Interfax-Ukraine) – To date, the issue of a full-scale invasion of Russian troops is open, but Ukraine must be ready for this, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov said.

"Is Ukraine ready? Yes. Will there be a war? To date, this question is open, and we must be ready for this and have been preparing for quite a long time. It was not a surprise for us," Danilov said on the air of the talk show Right to Power on the 1 + 1 TV channel on Thursday evening.

According to him, today there are no threats that head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, spoke about. At the same time, he noted that "there is no doubt that Putin is not removing from agenda the question of destroying our country. This question arised not today, not yesterday, they have this question since 2008, when he, being in the U.S., told the President of U.S. that there is no such country, that this is our country where we must put things in order."

Danilov said that "after our partners, the Germans and the French, have already made a loud statement about what is happening at our borders and between Russia and Ukraine in general, it became known who deals with this issue."

"Putin has a great desire to sit down at a negotiating table with [U.S. President Joe] Biden, preferably this year, and agree that he will dominate here. And now this hysteria, which is being made up by the Russian Federation, the back and forth advancement of all troops, no training is taking place, this is all in the context of the fact that they should make an arrangement," the NSDC secretary said.

He said that it is difficult to predict the future course of Putin’s actions after negotiations with Biden are likely to take place.

As reported, the Russian Federation has concentrated more than 92,000 troops near the borders of Ukraine and is preparing for an attack in late January or early February 2022, while the estimates of the timing of this attack from the intelligence services of the U.S. and Ukraine are almost the same, head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense Ukraine Kyrylo Budanov said.