Biden warns Russia against invasion of Ukraine | The singleton Argus

US President Joe Biden has made it clear to Vladimir Putin that Russia would pay “a terrible price” and expect devastating economic consequences if it invaded Ukraine.

Biden told reporters that the possibility of sending US ground combat troops to Ukraine in the event of a Russian invasion was “never on the table,” despite the fact that the United States and NATO are required to send more troops to NATO’s Eastern Flanking states to they strengthen their defenses.

“I made it absolutely clear to President Putin that the economic consequences for his economy will be devastating if he cracks down on Ukraine,” said Biden.

Biden, who spoke to Putin on the phone for two hours last week, said he had clearly told the Russian leader that Russia’s standing in the world would “change significantly” if Ukraine invaded.

Foreign ministers of the group of the seven richest democracies sent a similar message to Moscow on Saturday after a meeting in Liverpool, warning of dire consequences for any incursion and calling on Moscow to return to the negotiating table.

G7 finance ministers will meet virtually on Monday to review economic concerns, including inflation, but will also address possible sanctions against Russia if it cracks down on Ukraine, officials said.

Ukraine has accused Russia of rallying tens of thousands of soldiers in preparation for a possible large-scale military offensive.

Russia denies having planned an attack, accuses Ukraine and the US of destabilizing behavior and has stated that it needs security guarantees for its own protection.

Biden last week pledged more military support to Central European NATO members in the face of growing concerns about the construction. Concerns about countries near the Russian border could lead to a similar outcome as Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region in 2014, said the Lithuanian presidential advisor.

Australian Associated Press

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