At President Biden's press conference Wednesday, January 19, President Biden gave Russian President Putin permission to re-write the land boundaries of Europe. When asked about the potential invasion of Russian troops into Ukraine and how sanctions have been ineffective in the past at determining Russian aggression, the President said, "Well, because he’s never seen sanctions like the ones I promised will be imposed if he moves, number one.
Biden went on to say, "It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion, and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do, et cetera." Suggesting that a “minor incursion” by Moscow into Ukrainian territory may see a less severe response from Washington and its NATO allies.
Biden's comments prompted President Zelenskyy of Ukraine to tweet, "We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations. Just as there are no minor casualties and little grief from the loss of loved ones. I say this as the President of a great power."
Alex Alper of Reuters asked Biden to clarify his "minor incursion" comment. "Are you saying that a minor incursion by Russia into Ukrainian territory would not lead to the sanctions that you have threatened or are you effectively giving Putin permission to make a small incursion into the country?” Alper asked.
President Biden responded with:
The most important thing to do: Big nations can’t bluff, number one.
And number two, the idea that we would do anything to split NATO, which would be a — have a profound impact on one of — I think prominent impact — on one of Putin’s objectives is to weaken NATO — would be a big mistake.
So, the question is: If it’s a — something significantly short of a significant invasion — or not even significant, just major military forces coming across — for example, it’s one thing to determine that if they continue to use cyber efforts, well, we can respond the same way, with cyber.
They have FSB people in Ukraine now trying to undermine the solidarity within Ukraine about Russia and to try to promote Russian interest. But it’s very important that we keep everyone in NATO on the same page. And 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 degree to which they’re able to go.
And I want to be clear with you: The serious imposition of sanctions relative to dollar transactions and other things are things that are going to have a negative impact on the United States, as well as a negative impact on the economies of Europe as well, and a devastating impact on Russia. And so, I got to make sure everybody is on the same page as we move along.
I think we will, if there’s something that is — that — where there’s Russian forces crossing the border, killing Ukrainian fighters, et cetera — I think that changes everything. But it depends on what he does, as to the exact — to what extent we’re going to be able to get total unity on the Rus- — on the NATO front.
American's are curious as to how much of an incursion the President will allow before a significant response from the United States are met.
President Trump was impeached by the Democratic House of Representatives over a phone call with the President of Ukraine. Yesterday, the current president Joe Biden gave a green light for Russia to invade Ukraine.
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