“We must be prepared to respond to it in a united and determined way,” Biden said.
Joe Biden assured this Thursday that any entry of Russian troops into Ukrainian territory would be considered “an invasion”, a day after suggesting that a ‘minor’ incursion into that country could trigger a different response from NATO allies.
Biden said he was “absolutely clear” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, adding: “If a group of Russian units crosses the border of Ukraine, it is an invasion.”
“It will entail a tough and coordinated economic response that I have discussed in detail with our allies,” he added, addressing reporters ahead of a meeting dedicated to his infrastructure projects.
“There should be no doubt: if Putin makes this decision, Russia will pay dearly for it,” the Democrat insisted.
“This is not the only scenario we need to be prepared for. Russia has long experience in aggressive measures that are not open military actions,” he said, referring to possible “actions carried out by Russian soldiers not wearing Russian uniforms” or “cyber attacks.”
“We must be prepared to respond to it in a united and determined manner,” he stressed.
Joe Biden sparked controversy on Wednesday by raising the possibility of a “minor” Russian incursion into Ukraine.
“We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and no small nations,” Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky replied on Twitter on Thursday.
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