WSJ News Exclusive | Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Says Biden’s ‘Minor Incursion’ Comment Invites Russian Attack

Ukraine’s foreign minister said President Biden’s comments playing down a potential “minor incursion” into his country by Russia could serve as an invitation to attack by Moscow

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1/20/2022 4:46:00 PM

Ukraine’s foreign minister said President Biden’s comments playing down a potential “minor incursion” into his country by Russia could serve as an invitation to attack by Moscow

Dmytro Kuleba responded to a comment from the U.S. president, in which he suggested that Western nations weren’t in tandem on how to respond to Russia in the event of a “minor incursion” on Ukraine.

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTSAre the U.S. and its allies doing enough to defend Ukraine against possible Russian aggression? Join the conversation below.“Speaking of minor and full incursions or full invasion, you cannot be half-aggressive. You’re either aggressive or you’re not aggressive,” Mr. Kuleba said. “We should not give Putin the slightest chance to play with quasi-aggression or small incursion operations. This aggression was there since 2014. This is the fact.”

Mr. Kuleba added that he believes Mr. Biden is sincere in his interest to help and work with Ukraine.“We in Ukraine have no doubt that President Biden is committed to Ukraine,” Mr. Kuleba said.At a press conference marking his first year in office, Mr. Biden said Russia would be held accountable if it invades Ukraine, adding, “It depends on what it does. It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do.”

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