“We have no intention of stationing US or NATO forces in Ukraine,” he told reporters who visited a small business in Washington, D.C., as the United States placed 8,500 troops on high alert to strengthen the Western military alliance.
However, the US president reiterated that Russia would expose itself to “significant” sanctions during the offensive, and would go as far as to personally target its president, Vladimir Putin.
To a journalist who asked him if he could consider allowing the Russian president in person, Joe Biden replied “yes” and then “I can conceive”.
On the other hand, the US president has refused to speculate on when the attack on Ukraine could intervene.
“It’s like studying coffee grounds,” he said of Vladimir Putin: “it depends on his decision.”
Joe Biden reiterated that if Russia “occupies the whole country” or “very little,” not only that, but the “whole world” will have “enormous consequences.”
It was “the biggest invasion since World War II,” he said. “It will change the world.”
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