Biden to confront Putin over Ukraine in high-stakes meeting

President Joe Biden is expected to warn Russia's President Vladimir Putin there would be consequences for invading Ukraine, a senior administration official said.

12/7/2021 1:17:00 PM

Pres. Biden expected to press Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin during a video meeting that there would be consequences for invading its neighbor Ukraine, as Russia amasses troops on the Ukrainian border.

President Joe Biden is expected to warn Russia's President Vladimir Putin there would be consequences for invading Ukraine, a senior administration official said.

Biden to speak to Putin over rising tensions in UkraineABC News' Senior Foreign Correspondent Ian Pannell reports from Avdiivka, as fears of a possible Russian invasion against Ukraine continue to mount.Getty Images, FILEPresident Joe Biden was expected to press Russian President Vladimir Putin during a video meeting Tuesday that there would be consequences for invading its neighbor Ukraine, as Russia amasses troops on the Ukrainian border.

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During the meeting, the first conversation between the leaders since July, Biden planned to threaten"substantial economic countermeasures" if Russia prepared to proceed with a military invasion, a senior Biden administration official said Monday.

"What I am doing is putting together what I believe to be–will be the most comprehensive and meaningful set of initiatives to make it very, very difficult for Mr. Putin to go ahead and do what people are worried he may do," Biden told ABC News White House correspondent MaryAlice Parks on Friday.

The senior administration official said the U.S. was watching a series of events unfold similar to the lead-up to Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2014, when it annexed the Crimean Peninsula. That included moving troops to its border with Ukraine coupled with a"significant spike" in anti-Ukrainian propaganda on social media, the official said.

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Getty Images, FILEPresidents Joe Biden of the United States and Vladimir Putin of Russia are pictured in a composite file image.But, according to the official, the U.S. had not determined whether Putin had decided yet if he would attack."We do not know or have a clear indication that President Putin has actually made an–given an affirmative order here," the official said in a call with reporters."It is more about planning intentions and then the kinds of movements that we have seen."

Ahead of the call, both the White House and Kremlin sought to lower expectations."It is very important not to have some overexcited, emotional expectations here," Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russia's Channel One on Monday.Asked by ABC News White House correspondent Karen Travers if the White House's message was also to not have high expectations, White House press secretary Jen Psaki replied,"I think it is."

"The president is not going to hold back in conveying his concern," Psaki told another reporter.Maxar Tech/AFP via Getty ImagesThis satellite image released by Maxar Technologies on Dec. 5, 2021, reportedly shows Russian military deployment in the Novo Ozernoye region of Crimea on Oct. 18, 2021.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that Russia's"escalation" was"an immediate threat.""The stakes for the president's call couldn't be clearer," McConnell said during remarks on the Senate floor.

In addition to Ukraine, Biden also planned to speak with Putin about cyber issues,"strategic stability" and other regional issues, according to the White House.The White House has made clear the U.S. is ready to support allies in the region if Russia decides to move forward with a military invasion in Ukraine.

"I think you could anticipate that in the event of an invasion, the need to reinforce the confidence and reassurance of our NATO allies and our eastern flank allies would be real, and the United States would be prepared to provide that kind of reassurance," the senior official said Monday."That's just sort of applying the lessons of 2014 to 2021."

Notably, the official wouldn't specify whether that"reassurance" would come in the form of sanctions, U.S. forces, capabilities, or all of the above, nor what the hair trigger is for the support.The official wouldn't go so far as to say outright that Biden would warn Putin the U.S. military could be used if the Russian military moves into Ukraine.

After Russia invaded the Crimean Peninsula in 2014, the U.S. and the European Union leveled economic sanctions against Russia, and Russia was kicked out of the"Group of Eight" industrialized nations.The United States also sent 600 troops to eastern Europe in a show of solidarity with Baltic nations on Russia's border. That deployment has morphed into a rotating set of relatively small U.S. deployments to eastern European nations.

"I don't want to use a public press call to talk about the particular sensitive challenges that President Biden will lay out for President Putin," the official said of Tuesday's call."But I would say that the United States is not seeking to end up in a circumstance in which the focus of our countermeasures is the direct use of American military force, as opposed to a combination of support for the Ukrainian military, strong economic countermeasures, and substantial increase in support and capability to our NATO allies to ensure they remain safe."

Getty Images, FILEPresidents Joe Biden of the United States and Vladimir Putin of Russia are pictured in a composite file image.In short: Biden will"make clear that there will be very real cost should Russia choose to proceed, but he will also make clear that there is an effective way forward with respect to diplomacy," the official said.

The administration's preferred option for response to any Russian aggression would be a series of economic sanctions in concert with European partners, and the official warned those would be"severe.""We believe that we have a path forward that would involve substantial economic countermeasures by both the Europeans and the United States that would impose significant and severe economic harm on the Russian economy, should they choose to proceed. I'm not going to get into the specific details of that, but we believe that there is a way forward here that will allow us to send a clear message to Russia, that there will be genuine and meaningful and enduring costs to choosing to go forward should they choose to go forward with a military escalation in Ukraine," the official warned.

Ahead of his call with Putin, Biden spoke with several European leaders Monday, according to the White House: France’s President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

“The leaders discussed their shared concern about the Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s borders and Russia’s increasingly harsh rhetoric,” the White House said, adding that “they called on Russia to de-escalate tensions and agreed that diplomacy” was “the only way forward.”

“The leaders underscored their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the White House said.Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday ahead of Biden's call with Putin, and Zelensky

that he had"agreed positions" with Blinken."Grateful to strategic partners & allies for the continued support of our sovereignty & territorial integrity," Zelensky wrote.Biden himself will call Zelenskyy to provide a readout of his conversation with Putin afterward, the official said.

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This ought to be a Good SHITSHOW He’ll be asleep and farting before the topic arises . I was wondering what was his war going to be. sameshitdifferntprez real theme is american preparations to troops deployment in Ukraine. this as well as lie about future Russian aggression is only needed to help nazi Zelensky to keep his shaking power. weak game with imminent fail for Biden.

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What consequences again other than telling him they'll have direct contact on the battle field if they try the stupid move.! Punishing Russia with sanctions for invading an ally Ukraine is an independent country..let sufficient American boots and equipment reach there now! Warmonger want a new Cold War, it was a Handshake-promise from NATO not to come closer, ok it was not fixed in contracts but a given promise is also a contract. NoWarWithRussia Ukrain must become a demilitarized Zone.

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