WASHINGTON DC, KOMPAS.com – Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would “change the world” and be the largest military operation of its kind since World War II, US President Joe Biden told reporters on Tuesday (25/1/2022).
Biden once again stressed the gravity of the tense situation on the border between the two Eastern European countries, where Russia has amassed 100,000 troops in preparation for an invasion of the former Soviet republic.
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Biden told reporters that there was “no change in the posture of Russian troops” along the border with Ukraine, according to a video of his statement recorded by the AP.
White House officials have warned of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
But Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said Tuesday that there is no reason to think Russia is up to something.
He also told residents there was no need to pack and they could “sleep well,” according to reports AP.
When asked whether the odds of a Russian invasion were increasing or decreasing, Biden said the situation was difficult to gauge.
“To be honest, it’s like reading ‘tea leaves’,” Biden replied, according to the uploaded video Fox News launch Newsweek.
The building of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s troops along the Ukrainian border, he said, indicates preparation for an attack. However, Biden said it would all depend on the decision of the Russian leader.
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Biden once again stressed there would be “serious economic consequences” for Putin if he attacked Ukraine. He said he would personally sanction the Russian leader.
Biden added that Russia would also see “political consequences” and “major worldwide consequences,” underscoring the importance of the invasion.
“If he moves with all that force and it will be the biggest invasion since World War Two,” Biden said. “And it will change the world.”
The Pentagon on Monday (01/24/2022) put more than 8,500 troops on alert, as the White House and military officials determine whether to deploy troops to Europe.
However, Biden told reporters Tuesday that “there will be no American troops moving into Ukraine.”
According to him, the troops are part of a NATO operation that is part of the alliance’s joint defense pact. Ukraine is not a member of NATO.
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“I have spoken to every one of our NATO allies … and we all share the same view,” Biden said.
“We will make it clear that there is no reason for anyone, any member of NATO to be concerned about whether or not we will defend them.”
In recent days, NATO members have made deployments to Eastern Europe as a deterrent against Russia.
The alliance said Monday that member Denmark is sending a frigate to the Baltic Sea, and will deploy four F-16 fighter jets to Lithuania, another NATO member bordering Russia.
The Netherlands sent two F-35 fighter jets to Bulgaria to support NATO air policing activities in the region, in addition to placing ships and ground-based units on alert.
“NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all Allies, including by strengthening the eastern part of the Alliance,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement.
“We will always respond to any damage to our security environment, including through strengthening our collective defences.”
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