Biden Warns Putin Invasion of Ukraine to Be Met With Economic Response and More

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President Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that the U.S. and its allies would meet a military escalation into Ukraine with a series of actions, including strong economic measures, bolstering Ukrainian defenses and fortifying support for Eastern European nations, as allies work together to prevent renewed conflict in Eastern Europe, the Wall Street Journal reported. For more than two hours on Tuesday, the leaders held a secure video call to address what the U.S. has described as large and unusual troop movement near Russia’s border with Ukraine in recent weeks. The U.S. president reiterated his support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and urged his Russian counterpart to return to diplomatic talks through the Minsk process, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said following the call. The two leaders also discussed strategic stability, ransomware and Iran, and assigned staff to follow up on the call. Mr. Sullivan described the conversation as direct and straightforward, adding, there was “a lot of give and take. No finger wagging. But the president was crystal clear about where the United States stands on all of these issues.” Mr. Biden told his Russian counterpart that the U.S. is prepared to provide additional defenses to Ukraine in the event that its sovereignty is violated, Mr. Sullivan said. He also warned about the potential for additional deployment of assets and capabilities to members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The Kremlin characterized the talks as “frank and businesslike.” Read more. (Subscription required.)