Russian invasion of Ukraine would ‘change the world’

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Russian invasion of Ukraine would 'change the world'

President Biden said Tuesday that a Russian decision to invade Ukraine would “change the world” — moments after reiterating that he has “no intention of putting American forces or NATO forces” in the threatened country.

“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, but there will be enormous consequences worldwide,” Biden told reporters during a visit to a DC shop.

“This would be the largest — if he were to move in with all those forces — it would be the largest invasion since World War II,” the president added. “It would change the world.”

Earlier Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki had said during her regular White House briefing that “there is no intention or interest or desire by the President to send troops to Ukraine.”

More than 100,000 Russian troops are believed to be massed along the border with Ukraine and the White House has warned that military action could take place at any time.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded that NATO refuse to accept Ukraine as a member. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wants his country to join the alliance formed to counter Moscow during the Cold War.

President Joe Biden
President Biden said he has “no intention of putting American forces or NATO forces” in Ukraine.
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Biden said last week during a White House press conference that a “minor incursion” would result in less-severe penalties for Russia due to disagreement among NATO countries — horrifying Ukrainian officials who said that the remark could give Putin a “green light” to invade.

When Biden was vice president in 2014, Russia invaded the Crimean peninsula and then annexed the territory from Ukraine following a disputed referendum. Putin’s government also allegedly supports a pair of pro-Russia breakaway states in eastern Ukraine. 

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