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Vice President Kamala Harris told French reporters that America remains ‘very concerned’ about Russiaxc2xa0outside of a shop in Paris on Saturday after buying pots and skillets.

As the Biden administration warned of an imminent threat in Eastern Europe over fears of axc2xa0Ukrainexc2xa0invasion amid an escalating crisis at the Belarus-Poland border, Harris strolled through Paris with her husbandxc2xa0Doug Emhoff.

When asked about the Russia-Ukraine conflict the vice president said: ‘I cannot talk to you about classified information’ and went on to express her concerns on the crisis.xc2xa0

But it wasn’t the first time Harris has voiced worries about Russian military movements amid the tense immigrant crisis in Belarus that has the potential to spill over into other countries in Europe.

Harris said the ‘eyes of the world’ are on the Belarus border as the Biden administration waded into the chaos in Eastern Europe.xc2xa0

The vice president spoke to French reporters as she left a Parisian shop with her husband Doug Emhoff (right) after buying pots and skillets

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The vice president spoke to French reporters as she left a Parisian shop with her husband Doug Emhoff (right) after buying pots and skillets

Fears are growing of an imminent conflict in Eastern Europe as Russia and Belarus carry out snap military drills close to where a migrant crisis is playing out on Poland's border, while Washington warns Vladimir Putin is preparing to invade Eastern Ukraine

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Fears are growing of an imminent conflict in Eastern Europe as Russia and Belarus carry out snap military drills close to where a migrant crisis is playing out on Poland’s border, while Washington warns Vladimir Putin is preparing to invade Eastern Ukrainexc2xa0

Kamala Harris told French reporters that America remains 'very concerned' about Russia just days after saying she was worriedxc2xa0about Russian military movements amid a tense immigrant crisis in Belarus that has the potential to spill over into other countries in Europe

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Kamala Harris told French reporters that America remains ‘very concerned’ about Russia just days after saying she was worriedxc2xa0about Russian military movements amid a tense immigrant crisis in Belarus that has the potential to spill over into other countries in Europe

The vice president spoke on the situation at a press conference in Paris – a trip she said was about ‘making clear the long-standing relationship but also that we go into a new era for the world that our work will continue’xc2xa0while strolling the city on Saturday.xc2xa0xc2xa0

Her five-day trip was aimed at undoing some of the damage caused by a series of blunders the White House made in its dealings with the French, including the AUKUS submarine deal.

The deal – a $66 billion submarine contract between Australia and France – put relations between France and the US at an all-time low when Australia bailed on the contract to work with the United States and UK instead.

In an enraged response, France recalled its ambassadors to the US and Australia.xc2xa0

The vice president is the highest-ranking member of the Biden administration to visit France as a USA TODAY/Suffolk poll last week revealed that her approval rating is at a dire 28 percent.

When asked about how her trip to France – which began on Tuesday – has been so far, she said it was ‘a very productive and good trip,’ presumably nodding to her two-hour meeting withxc2xa0with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace on Wednesday.xc2xa0

‘The partnership between the United States and France remains and will continue to be a very strong one,’ she added on Saturday – her last day in Paris.

On Friday, she had stood alongside Macron at a press conference where she referenced her seemingly growing fears of an imminent conflict in Eastern Europe as Russia and Belarus carry out snap military drills close to where a migrant crisis is playing out on Poland’s border.xc2xa0xc2xa0

President Joe Biden issued his own expression of concern as he left the White House for Camp David on Friday.

‘Itxe2x80x99s of great concern. Wexe2x80x99ve communicated our concern to Russia. Wexe2x80x99ve communicated our concern to Belarus. We think itxe2x80x99s a problem,’ he said in response to a shouted question from a reporter.xc2xa0

Meanwhile, Washington has warned that Putin is preparing to invade Eastern Ukraine.xc2xa0

‘On the issue of Belarus and what is happening at the border with Poland, we are very concerned about that and closely paying attention to it,’ Harris said at the press conference in Paris on Friday.

Harris made the statementxc2xa0after Russia conducted bombing exercises with Belarusian forces and built up troops along its border with Ukraine xe2x80x93 prompting the US to assert its ‘ironclad’ commitment to Ukrainian security.xc2xa0

Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Russian President Vladimir Putin he would be making a ‘serious mistake’ if he invaded Ukraine while speaking with Ukraine’s foreign minister on Wednesday.xc2xa0xc2xa0xc2xa0xc2xa0

VP Harris: US ‘very concerned’ about Poland-Belarus situation

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Amid the tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Belarus is pressuring Europe over migrants and has threatened to cut off gas supplies to the continent by shutting the Yamal-Europe pipeline that runs through its territory (pictured)

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Amid the tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Belarus is pressuring Europe over migrants and has threatened to cut off gas supplies to the continent by shutting the Yamal-Europe pipeline that runs through its territory (pictured)xc2xa0

Blinken discusses concerns about Russia and Ukraine’s borders

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Harris also gave a warning to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s government.xc2xa0xc2xa0

‘The Lukashenko regime, I believe is engaged in very troubling activity. It is something that I discussed with President Macron, and the eyes of the world and its leaders are watching what is happening there,’ she said.

Amid the chaos on Europe’s doorstep, the White House warned Brussels to brace for a Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine on Thursday night.

The CIA briefed European officials about a possible Russian assault to capture territory in eastern Ukraine similar to the 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

The EU said it is alarmed by Russian military activities close to Ukraine, which is watching the situation closely and ‘looking at further steps’ along with the United States and Britain.

The situation escalated on Friday with developments including:

  • xc2xa0The EU said it is alarmed by Russian military activities close to Ukraine, is watching the situation closely and ‘looking at further steps’ along with the United States and Britain
  • xc2xa0Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Russia is waging ‘hybrid warfare’ on Europe using migrantsxc2xa0
  • xc2xa0US and European delegations accused Minsk of endangering lives for political ends at UN Security Council
  • xc2xa0Former UK defense minister Tobias Ellwood called Russia’s moves ‘deeply concerning’ and a ‘test of resolve’
  • Turkey barred citizens from Iraq, Syrian and Yemen from flying to Belarus amid fears they will head to borderxc2xa0xc2xa0

Blinken on Wednesday warned Moscow against making another ‘serious mistake’ in Ukraine, in reference to its 2014 invasion.

He addressed the situation once again on Friday.

‘We are also very concerned by efforts by Belarus to use migration as a political weapon. I am not going to preview any possible sanctions, but we are looking at various tools that we have,’ he said, speaking at a press conference with Qatari officials.

At the White House, press secretary Jen Psaki reiterated administration concerns about Russia’s military moves as well as ‘harsh rhetoric.’

Kremlin spokesman blames EU for not upholding ‘humanitarian values’

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Poland has deployed some 15,000 troops to its eastern border where they have spent much of this week trying to hold back thousands of migrants that Lukashenko's regime is accused of forcing into the region

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Poland has deployed some 15,000 troops to its eastern border where they have spent much of this week trying to hold back thousands of migrants that Lukashenko’s regime is accused of forcing into the region

Poland, along with the leaders of nearby Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, has been warning that the crisis has the potential to spill over into a full-blown conflict

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Poland, along with the leaders of nearby Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, has been warning that the crisis has the potential to spill over into a full-blown conflict

She said the administration has made clear in discussions with Russian officials that ‘escalatory aggressive actions would be of great concern to the United States.’

Russia is carrying out snap military drills in Belarus just a few miles from the Polish border today, as fears grow that Putin is preparing for an invasion in eastern Europe.

The US and European allies accuse Lukashenko of seeking to destabilize its neighbors by deliberately massing migrants from the Middle East and North Africa along the Polish border and seeking to push them across.

Thousands of migrants have been brought into Belarus, and are lined up along the border with Poland and Lithuania but are blocked from entering. The European Union calls it a ‘hybrid attack’ and is preparing sanctions on Minsk.

Russia has defended its ally and has denied Belarus is using the immigrants as a ‘tool of war’ to pressure European countries.

‘Russia doesnxe2x80x99t threaten anyone,’ said Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov. ‘The movement of troops on our territory shouldnxe2x80x99t be a cause for anyonexe2x80x99s concern,’ he told reporters, the Associated Press reported.

Russia’s defense ministry said the unannounced drill involved paratroopers from both countries dropping at the Gozhsky range, just 20 miles from where thousands of migrants are gathered at the Polish border, where they practiced capturing bridges as well as hunting down and destroying enemy patrols.

Belarus said the drill was in response to the ‘build-up of military activity’ at the Polish border, where 15,000 troops have been stationed to hold back the migrants, while Russia said it was to test the ‘combat readiness’ of its troops.

Laughing Kamala embraces Emmanuel Macron at the xc3x89lysxc3xa9e Palace

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Harris and Macron held talks for around two hours, which their aides described as constructive

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Harris and Macron held talks for around two hours, which their aides described as constructive

Harris and Macron were seen on Wednesday at the Elysee Palace in Paris

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Harris and Macron were seen on Wednesday at the Elysee Palace in Paris

‘Very happy’ US VP Harris welcomed by French President Macron

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At the same time, Polish defense minister Mariusz Bxc5x82aszczak revealed that British military engineers have been deployed to help strengthen the border defenses, amid warnings from all sides that the crisis risks spilling over into an armed conflict. The MoD confirmed a ‘small team’ has been sent to provide engineering support.

The troops are likely from the light cavalry squadron that the UK currently has stationed in Poland as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence, which includes soldiers from the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers.

Amidst the tensions, RAF Typhoons from Lossiemouth & Coningsby were also scrambled to escort two Russian nuclear-capable bombers which flew over the North Sea and towards the English Channel today. They were joined on the mission by a Voyager Tanker from RAF Brize Norton, the RAF said.

Separately, Washington warned its European allies that Putin could be preparing for an invasion of Ukraine’s eastern borders – hundreds of miles from where the migrant crisis is playing out – after satellites spotted troops, tanks and artillery pieces massing there.

Ukraine – which has been fighting a proxy-war against Russian-backed separatists in its eastern regions for years – has moved 8,500 more troops to the region in response.

Addressing the crisis today, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denounced what he called ‘increased provocations’ against Russia, saying his country ‘can’t stay indifferent to that; we must be on our guard.’

‘We take measures to ensure our security when opponents take defiant action near our borders,’ Peskov added.xc2xa0xc2xa0

Meanwhile, Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s defense minister, warned his French counterparts that the military situation in Europe ‘continues to deteriorate’ while slamming NATO for ‘building up its military presence’ near Russia’s border.xc2xa0

Speaking after a meeting with French officials in Paris, Shoigu insisted that Russia is working to ‘increase predictability and reduce the risk of incidents’ in the border region.

Kamala Harris ‘uses French accent’ while talking to scientists

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The Quebec-educated vice president, who speaks some French, spoke on Tuesday of her love for scientific principals - but was mocked for appearing to put on a French accent

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The Quebec-educated vice president, who speaks some French, spoke on Tuesday of her love for scientific principals – but was mocked for appearing to put on a French accent

Besides facing a possible impending war, Harris was also met with fierce backlash after she appeared to put on a French accent to speak to scientists at a Covid lab in Paris on Tuesday.xc2xa0

She was at the Institut Pasteur science lab, where Americans are working alongside Europeans to tackle Covid-19 and where her Indian-born mother researched breast cancer.

Shexc2xa0spoke about her love of science and her dismay at how politics could not be as methodical and logical as their experiments.xc2xa0

‘In government, we campaign with ‘The Plan,’ Harris said, with what some said was a French accent to discuss ‘the plan.’

‘Uppercase T, uppercase P, ‘”The Plan!”

‘And then the environment is such we’re expected to defend “The Plan” even when the first time we roll it out there may be some glitches and it’s time to reevaluate and then do it again.’xc2xa0

Mike Pompeo, former President Donald Trump’s secretary of state, said Harris was humiliating the United States.

‘The clip from Vice President Harris is more than embarrassing on the world stage,’ he told Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity on Wednesday night.

‘Our adversaries watch that and see weakness. They see people who aren’t serious, they see people who aren’t determined – precisely the opposite of what we did for four years.’xc2xa0xc2xa0

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