Biden warns Putin on Ukraine

Biden warned Putin that invading Ukraine would result in “strong economic measures'.

President Biden, Vladimir Putin

8/12/2021 9:30:00 AM

Biden warned Putin that invading Ukraine would result in “strong economic measures'.

President Biden warned Russia n leader Vladimir Putin that invading Ukraine would result in “strong economic measures,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters on Tuesday, shortly after Biden and Putin finished a videoconference lasting roughly two hours.

and show signs of Russia’s strength. And he has tested — and frustrated — every American president since George W. Bush.Sullivan described the conversation between Biden and Putin as “direct and straightforward,” with Biden repeatedly warning his Russian counterpart that there would be severe consequences for transgressing Ukraine’s borders.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting with President Biden via a video call on Tuesday. (Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images)A White House summary of the call said the two leaders also discussed cybersecurity and Iran, but however pressing those issues are, they are not nearly as immediate as outright war in Eastern Europe.

But war isn’t the only threat Russia poses to Ukraine. In a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said the Kremlin was positioning itself for a range of potential actions that could destabilize the regime in Kyiv, including an “aggressive information operation” that could erode “social cohesion.” headtopics.com

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Story continuesNuland warned that “Russia's military and intelligence services are continuing to develop the capability to act decisively in Ukraine when ordered to do so, potentially in early 2022.”Russia invaded part of Ukraine — a neighbor with close cultural and ethnic ties — in 2014, to little consequence beyond rounds of sanctions and international condemnation. The Crimean Peninsula, a key strategic land mass in the Black Sea,

, in a potent symbol of how emboldened Putin has grown over the years.At the time, President Obama. Then, as now, there was little appetite for even the remote possibility of a military confrontation with a bellicose nuclear superpower. Sullivan did say, though, that the sanctions this time around could be more severe.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)“Things we didn’t do in 2014, we are prepared to do now,” Sullivan said, though he did not elaborate. He did say the United States would provide military aid to Ukraine and other allies in the region.

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Nuland echoed the same message, saying the U.S. and its allies agreed on the consequences Russia would face for attacking Ukraine."Russia must deescalate,” she told the Senate. “It must pull back its forces and return to negotiations. But if Russia attacks Ukraine, we will be united in imposing severe consequences on Moscow for its actions — including high-impact economic measures that we have refrained from using in the past." headtopics.com

Sullivan said that aggression could imperil the Nord Stream-2, a massive project meant to deliver natural gas from Russia to Germany.“If Putin wants to see gas flow through that pipeline,” the national security adviser warned, “he might not want to take the risk of invading Ukraine."

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