Biden: “Severe consequences” For Putin If He Attacks Ukraine

In this image provided by The White House, President Joe Biden speaks as he meets virtually via a secure video conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin from the Situation Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. At far left is White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan along with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, right, national security council senior director for Russian and Central Asia, Eric Green. (Adam Schultz/The White House via AP)

(AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden says that he has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow will face a severe economic pain if it tries to attack Ukraine, but promised prospective talks to address Russia’s concerns about NATO’s expansion.

Biden said he was “very straightforward” with Putin during their Tuesday’s call, warning the Russian leader that he will pay a heavy price if he invades Ukraine. The Russian leader reaffirmed his denial of planning to attack Ukraine, but argued that Moscow can’t remain indifferent to NATO’s possible expansion to its neighbor.

Biden said Wednesday that the U.S., its allies and Russia could sit down for talks to discuss Moscow’s grievances about NATO’s expansion.


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