The US has stopped using the term because it conveyed an unintended connotation, according to Jen Psaki.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday that the US government is no longer using the word ‘imminent’ in their narrative regarding the claimed Russian ‘invasion’ of Ukraine, adding that it was sending an unintended message.
“I used it once. I think others have used that once, and we stopped using it because I think it sent a message that we weren’t intending to send, which was that we knew that President Putin had made a decision,” Psaki said at a press briefing.
“I would say the vast majority of times I’ve talked about it, I’ve said he could invade ‘at any time,’” she added.
Psaki’s comments came after the US envoy to the UN apologized for using the word “imminent” in an interview with NPR on Tuesday.
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the broadcaster, “No, I would not say that we are arguing that it’s imminent”.
However, the official transcript of Psaki’s January 25 briefing contradicts this. When asked if the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which the US media and intelligence agencies have predicted will come any day now since late October, Psaki said it was still “imminent.”
“When we said it was imminent, it remains imminent,” she told one reporter. “Well, ‘imminent’ has a pretty intense meaning. Doesn’t it?” she said in answer to the very next question.
Source: RT News