US President Joe Biden has said he has two options following the Russian offensive in Ukraine: “start a third world war” or hit Russia with economic sanctions. In an interview published on Saturday, Biden insisted that Moscow would pay “a serious price” for his military operation.
“Listen, you have two options: start a third world war – go to war with Russia, physically, or two: make a country that acts in such a way contrary to international law pay a price for doing so. », Biden told actor and podcast host Brian Tyler Cohen in an interview posted online Saturday.
Two days earlier, Biden imposed sanctions on multiple Russian banks, multiple individuals, and imports of Russian technology. On Friday, the White House announced it would follow them with another round of sanctions targeting Russian President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and members. of the Russian Security Council.
Biden has so far insisted that the United States will not intervene militarily in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, but has increased military aid to Ukraine and sent thousands of American troops to NATO countries in Eastern Europe.
Immediately before the outbreak of military actions, Putin warned that any other country interfering in the advance towards Ukraine “Face consequences greater than any you have faced in history.”
However, some members of Congress have demanded that Biden go further than sanctions. Following requests from some Ukrainian politicians, Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger, a tacit ally of the Democratic president, has called Biden to enforce a “no-fly zone” on Ukraine. Such a move would amount to a declaration of war on Russia, critics have warned.
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