Ukraine tension: President Zelensky hits back at Biden comments

Its president bristles at suggestions a 'minor' Russian attack may bring a weaker Western response.

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1/21/2022 1:54:00 AM

With more evidence of troops on the Ukrainian border, how will Nato respond to the biggest threat to Europe in decades? Newsnight Diplomatic Editor MarkUrban01 reports 👇

Its president bristles at suggestions a 'minor' Russian attack may bring a weaker Western response.

On Wednesday, President Biden told a news conference that Mr Putin would pay a "serious and dear price" for invading Ukraine, but also indicated that it might depend on how Russia went about it."What you're going to see is that Russia will be held accountable if it invades and it depends on what it does," he said. "It's one thing if it's a minor incursion, and then we end up having to fight about what to do and not do etc."

Image source,Image caption,A Ukrainian military officer on patrol at a checkpoint at the border in eastern UkraineHis comments prompted questions over how the US might respond to Russian aggression and officials have been rushing to clarify Washington's position.

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MarkUrban01 Take it for the con it is, I hope. MarkUrban01 The Kiev Government continues to randomly shell the Donbass and kill kids there. lewis_goodall MarkUrban01 I sense the city of Kharkov is just about to trend on Twitter along with Mariupol. The irony of all this is that the borders of the Ukraine are those inherited from the soviet period & the Ukraine might make more sense culturally and linguistically if it were to lose the east.

lewis_goodall MarkUrban01 It's not a threat NATO have no need to react. Johnson can't be trusted to sell the upcoming conflicts .. so he needs to be replaced. lewis_goodall MarkUrban01 its all economics..pay them...its been done since ancient times, paying tribute to the country that holds the cards !!

MarkUrban01 Great programme. Next time INF comes up, it would be great to point out that Allies agreed one party - Russia - was violating the Treaty. And that Russia was solely responsible for the Treaty’s demise MarkUrban01 You lot wanted senile Biden to be leader of the free world so now you can reap the rewards.

MarkUrban01 Direct route London to Kyiv 2152 km 2345 that's 23 minutes of flight time and avoids the most congested air space. Think this is being made far too much of. MarkUrban01 KirstyWark esmewren 'The NewsNight Wall'; its just a screen in the studio, nothing remarkable. Also, why omit 'British'? Not: 'UK Weapons' 'UK Army'. .. it is: British Weapons, The British Army, Passports, Border, Identity, Law. United Kingdom of Great Britain & N.Ireland.

Ukraine tension: Biden says he thinks Putin will 'move in'The US president says he thinks Russia's leader will 'move in' but does not want a 'full-blown war'. This is how ww2 started. Welcome to the start of ww3.. clearly no lessons from the millions upon millions dead hasn't been learnt. China will be next, followed by Iran, the taliban, seria and NK. China should 'move in' to taiwan at same time, who will america fight then lmao POTUS says a lot of ridiculous things.

Setbacks for Biden at home and abroad as he marks challenging year in officePresident alarmed Ukraine with ‘minor incursion’ remark on Wednesday, as confidence in Biden’s leadership eroded by series of problems We've been talking about the buildup of US/UK troops in Eastern Europe for months, closing in on Russia's border. Russia finally responded with defensive troops on their own border. US/UK shriek, 'Russian provocation!'

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Biden says Putin will pay ‘dear price’ if he invades UkrainePresident Joe Biden said he believes Vladimir Putin does not want full-blown war in Ukraine, and would pay a “dear price” if he moves forward with a military incursion.Mr Biden, speaking at a news conference to mark his one-year anniversary in office, also said he believes that Russia is preparing to take action on Ukraine, though he does not think Mr Putin has made a final decision.The White House later clarified that any Russian military action would be met with a “swift, severe” response.Sign up to our free newsletters by clicking here He didn't actually say that though did he? Gutter journalism at its worst from the MSM as per usual

Ukraine: Blinken flies to Europe amid Russia invasion fearsRussia denies any plan to attack Ukraine but tensions are high as troops mass near the border. I still don’t believe Putin will invade Ukraine. Biden simply can’t look soft after the invasion. Germany’s resistance to tough actions against Russia will break. Stop the war mongering. If your anonymous “reporting” on Ukraine wasn’t such rubbish - and it’s junk journalism much the same (pretending to accurately describe such a serious situation) it would all be risible...

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UK says it is sending weapons to defend Ukraine On Wednesday, President Biden told a news conference that Mr Putin would pay a "serious and dear price" for invading Ukraine, but also indicated that it might depend on how Russia went about it. "What you're going to see is that Russia will be held accountable if it invades and it depends on what it does," he said. "It's one thing if it's a minor incursion, and then we end up having to fight about what to do and not do etc." Image source, Image caption, A Ukrainian military officer on patrol at a checkpoint at the border in eastern Ukraine His comments prompted questions over how the US might respond to Russian aggression and officials have been rushing to clarify Washington's position. "We have been very clear throughout," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday, adding that any Russian incursion into Ukraine would be met with a "swift, severe and united response" from the US and its allies. On Thursday, Mr Biden himself said that any entry of Russian troops would count as an "invasion". In Berlin on Thursday, Antony Blinken said the US had been "very clear". Any move by the Russia military into Ukraine would be met by a "swift, severe response". The previous night, however, President Biden had been far less definitive - distinguishing major invasions from "minor incursions" that could prompt a more limited reaction. That may have been a candid revelation from the US president, as was his prediction that Mr Putin will "move in" to Ukraine anyway. But it undercut Mr Blinken's efforts on this trip to present the current crises as a stark choice for Russia between diplomacy and conflict, without any mushy middle ground. Mr Blinken raised the stakes further during his Thursday afternoon speech, perhaps to steel the nerves of US allies gathered in Berlin. This was not a "distant regional dispute", he said, but rather a threat to the international principles of sovereignty and self-determination. If Russia wanted a new Cold War, the US and its allies were ready. Those words - and Mr Biden's - will hang in the air as Mr Blinken heads to his Geneva meeting with his Russian counterpart on Friday. Mr Blinken was speaking from Germany after meeting foreign ministers from key European countries for talks aimed at co-ordinating a Western strategy over a potential invasion of Ukraine. He is due to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Friday. The Kremlin earlier warned that Mr Biden's comments could further destabilise the situation. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that any incursion into Ukraine by Russia "on any scale whatever... would be a disaster for the world". What does Putin want? Russia's president has long claimed that the US broke a guarantee it made in 1990 that Nato would not expand further east. "They simply deceived us!", he complained at last month's news conference. Interpretations differ over what exactly was promised to the then-Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. But it is clear that Mr Putin believes the guarantee was made. Since then, several central and eastern European countries, which used to be part of the Soviet Union or its sphere of influence, have joined Nato. Four of them - Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia - have borders with Russia. Russia argues that this expansion, and the presence of Nato troops and military equipment near its borders, is a direct threat to its security. The country seized and annexed the Crimean peninsula in southern Ukraine in 2014 after Ukrainians overthrew their pro-Russian president. Ever since, Ukraine's military has been locked in a war with Russian-backed rebels in areas of the east near Russia's borders. There are fears that the conflict, which has claimed 14,000 lives and caused at least two million people to flee their homes, may reignite and that Russia's military will cross the border. More on this story