On Wednesday, President Joe Biden estimated that Russia would invade Ukraine and quoted existential concerns of Russian President Vladimir Putin, even as he admitted dispute within NATO over how to respond to a minor attack. Moreover, the forthright evaluation laid bare the struggle the U.S. president faces in establishing meaningful consequences and sanctions for Moscow, which remains closely tangled economically with the top European partners of the U.S.
The remark provoked near-immediate protest in Kyiv, where representatives met with the top diplomat of the U.S. president as Russian military personnel gathered on the border of the country. High-level efforts to clean up the statement soon followed at the White House. While president Biden pledged to crush economic sanctions on Russia should the Russian President send his troops over the border, including restricting its financial transactions in United States dollars, he suggested Western countries were not in sync on what to do should a minor violation occur.
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The American president told the press at an East Room press conference if it’s a minor invasion from Russian troops, the U.S. ends up having to fight about what to do and not do. However, if they actually do what they are able to do with the forces gathered on the border, it will be a disaster for Russia if they further attack Ukraine. In addition, the president said that he warned the Russian forces to cross the border to kill Ukrainian fighters.
A Reciprocal Response
The White House sought to explain the comments of President Biden by pointing out a Russian invasion through paramilitary forces or in cyberspace would prompt a reciprocal response from NATO forces compared to a scenario where Russian forces move from their positions into Ukraine. U.S. Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated following the president’s marathon press conference, Biden cleared Vladimir Putin that if any Russian military troops invaded Ukraine, that’s a renewed attack, and it will be met with a severe, rapid, and united response from the U.S. and its allies.
Psaki went on by saying that Biden also knows from long experience that the Russian nation has a widespread playbook of violence short of military action, including paramilitary strategies and cyberattacks. Furthermore, he affirmed that those aggressive acts of Russia would be met with a reciprocal, conclusive, and united response. A senior governmental official said if Russian violated Ukrainian sovereignty and military troops tried to take Ukrainian territory by force – whether that was a small or a large part of the land – that would constitute an attack by the standards of the Biden government and would warrant severe consequences.
Russia would Soon Invade Ukraine
Additionally, the officials acknowledge that the United States and NATO members probably will not have the same list of targets and details matching every move; the response would remain highly integrated and provide a force multiplier to their actions. The president’s comments came as the United States entered what officials considered a dangerous duration when an invasion from Russia could occur at any moment. Biden said Wednesday that he believed Putin would soon attack Ukraine.
The prediction of the president about invasion was the definite acknowledgment to date the U.S. completely expects the Russian president to move after deploying around one hundred thousand military troops along the Ukrainian border. American president’s prediction came after Volodymyr Zelensky and the Russian President urged Ukrainians to calm down and not panic over concerns of likely Russian invasion. Everybody needs to exhale. Do not run for emergency supplies such as matches and buckwheat.
Zelensky also urged the media to remain as the media, not become a source of mass panic. He also said that it doesn’t help the enemy pursue hype by reporting daily that war with Russia may happen tomorrow. The Ukrainian president added that the only reason for panic is that this panic still influences the nation after eight years.