Biden vows sanctions on Russia if Ukraine conflict escalates

Washington DC: President Joe Biden has warned Russia against invading Ukraine, and has threatened painful sanctions and more US military support for Eastern Europe if the Russian leader triggers a military conflict.

The statement came after Russian President Vladimir Putin and US leader Joe Biden held a virtual summit On December 7 for more than two hours. The US says it is preparing “strong economic and other measures” over fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine after Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin spoke.

In a video call, President Biden voiced worries over Russian troop build-ups near the border with Ukraine and called for a de-escalation of tensions. Russia says it will not attack. The Kremlin released a short video clip in which the two leaders exchanged friendly greetings, though it did little to disguise tensions between Washington and Moscow.

More than 90,000 Russian troops are believed to be massed near Ukraine’s borders. The movement has strained already tense relations between Russia and the US.

The Kremlin also issued a statement after the call, saying that Putin had “complained about NATO’s dangerous attempts to develop Ukraine” for its own goals and that he “expressed concerns about Kyiv’s provocative actions” towards Ukrainian regions controlled by Russia-backed separatists.

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