President Joe Biden reaffirmed his position on the Ukraine and Russia conflict on Monday, saying he has no intention of putting American troops in Ukraine (Picture: Getty Images)
A Russian invasion into Ukraine would ‘change the world,’ President Joe Biden said Tuesday after reaffirming that he has no intention of deploying American troops or NATO forces to the at-risk nation.
While the president reiterated that no American forces would be moving into Ukraine, which is not a NATO country, he emphasized the consequences of a potential invasion on both Russia and the rest of the world.
‘There will be enormous consequences if he were to go in and invade, as he could, the entire country — or a lot less than as well — for Russia, not only in terms of economic consequences and political consequences,’ Biden told reporters Tuesday.
If Russian President Vladimir Putin were to invade Ukraine with all the country’s forces, it would be the largest invasion since World War Two, Biden said.
‘It would change the world,’ he added.
When asked by reporters whether he could see himself imposing sanctions on Putin if he were to invade Ukraine, Biden replied: ‘Yes. I would see that.’
Direct US sanctions on foreign leaders are rare but not unprecedented. Venezulea’s Nicolas Maduro, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and Libya’s Mummer Gaddafi have all previously faced US sanctions.
There were no updates for the President to report on Tuesday regarding the tensions between Ukraine and Russia, which remain at a stalemate as Russia moves tens of thousands of troops along the Belarus border with Ukraine.
The US and its allies believe a Russian invasion of Ukraine could be imminent as over 100,000 Russian troops have gathered near its border with Kyiv, the Capital of Ukraine.
On Monday, the US military put 8,5000 troops on ‘heightened alert,’ for potential deployment to Eastern Europe.
No deployment orders have been made, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said, adding that the order is in place to ensure that the US is prepared to respond if NATO decides to deploy its response force.
‘I want to reinforce that as of now, the decision has been made to put these units on higher alert and higher alert only,’ Kirby said. ‘No decisions have been made to deploy forces from the United States at this time.’
The US troops would be part of a 40,000 person NATO response force (NRF), which can only be activated by NATO, not President Joe Biden. The troops would be considered ‘ground forces’ in the event Russia invades its western neighbor.
The president also held a video call with several European leaders Monday to discuss the Russian military buildup and potential responses to an invasion.
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