By Washington Examiner. President Joe Biden said he would not deploy combat troops to Ukraine amid concerns that Russian troops could invade the country.
“We have no intention of putting American forces or NATO forces in Ukraine. But we — I said there are going to be serious economic consequences if he moves,” Biden said Tuesday during a stop in Washington, D.C., warning that the effects of a Russian invasion would stretch worldwide.
The White House is instead leaning on a threat of new export controls targeting strategic Russian industries to deter Moscow’s threats. Russian President Vladimir Putin has massed some 120,000 Russian troops along Ukraine’s eastern border, threatening an invasion. . .
“This would be the largest, if you were to move in, with all those forces, it would be the largest invasion since World War II,” Biden said. “It would change the world.”
The Kremlin has said that the United States fueled the conflict with an announcement that it is placing 8,500 troops on alert. During a briefing Tuesday, press secretary Jen Psaki said in response that Washington is committed to protecting NATO allies. (Read more from “Biden: US Will Not Deploy Combat Troops to Ukraine” HERE)
Biden Warns Putin With Sanctions as West Steps up Ukraine Defenses
By Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he would consider personal sanctions on President Vladimir Putin if Russia invades Ukraine, as Western leaders stepped up military preparations and made plans to shield Europe from a potential energy supply shock.
The rare sanctions threat came as NATO places forces on standby and reinforces eastern Europe with more ships and fighter jets in response to Russia’s troop build-up near its border with Ukraine.
Russia denies planning an attack and says the crisis is being driven by NATO and U.S. actions. It is demanding security guarantees from the West, including a promise by NATO never to admit Ukraine. Moscow sees the former Soviet republic as a buffer between Russia and NATO countries. (Read more from “Biden Warns Putin With Sanctions as West Steps up Ukraine Defenses” HERE)
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