President Biden has predicted Russia will move in for invasion in Ukraine despite continuous pressure from allies and neighboring countries. In an almost two-hour-long news conference on Wednesday, Biden talked about his first year in office and laid out what’s to come in the upcoming second year.
Despite several harsh warnings of strict sanctions from various allies, Russia has continued to line up its troops on the Ukraine aligning border of the country. Biden talked about the next steps, what could happen and what consequences it could have for both the U.S. individually and in terms of its relationship with Russia.
“It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do. But if they actually do what they’re capable of doing with the forces amassed on the border, it is going to be a disaster for Russia if they further invade Ukraine,” said Biden.
He talked about what it means for world-leading countries to argue over “minor incursion” but “Russian forces crossing the border, killing Ukrainian fighters” is where he draws a line. Officials from Ukraine were not happy with Biden’s public distinction between “incursion and invasion”, with one official telling CNN, “This gives the green light to Putin to enter Ukraine at his pleasure.”
The president said, “I think that changes everything. But it depends on what he does, to what extent we’ll get total unity on the NATO front,” continuing, “It’s very important that we keep everyone in NATO on the same page. That’s what I’m spending a lot of time doing, and there are differences. There are differences in NATO as to what countries are willing to do, depending on what happens.”
The White House has already moved to explain in detail what exactly Biden meant when he differentiated between the two and what it means for the U.S. and its allies. press secretary Jen Psaki wrote in a statement clarifying everything, “President Biden has been clear with the Russian President: If any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border, that’s a renewed invasion, and it will be met with a swift, severe, and united response from the United States and our Allies.
Continuing with, “President Biden also knows from long experience that the Russians have an extensive playbook of aggression short of military action, including cyberattacks and paramilitary tactics. And he affirmed today that those acts of Russian aggression will be met with a decisive, reciprocal, and united response.”