How Biden threatened Putin

How Biden threatened Putin

Anna Gromova

US President Joe Biden said the US would not send troops to Ukraine in the event of a Russian invasion. He explained that while Ukraine is not a NATO member, Washin-gton is not obliged to de-fend it. At the same time, Biden promised to send American troops to the European countries nei-ghboring Russia in the event of a threat to Ukr-aine. The Kremlin called this rhetoric aggressive.
Ukraine will not be protected
Biden noted that in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, American soldiers would be transferred to the countries of the Bu-charest Nine (post-communist states of Eastern Eur-ope: Romania, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Bulgaria, Slovakia).
“We will have to send more US and NATO troops to the eastern flank to the countries of the Bucharest Nine, where we have a sacred duty to protect them from any Russian attacks,” the head of the White House explained to reporters.
He added that he never planned to send troops directly to Ukraine. At the same time, the American president specified that the United States continues to provide military assistance to Ukraine.
Biden also said that during the latest talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin (the presidents spoke via video link on December 7, including discussing Ukraine), he warned Moscow about the devastating consequences of the aggression against Ukraine for the Russian economy.
“He [ Putin ] will pay a terrible price,” Biden threatened.
Russia’s reaction
Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said in response that such statements are bad for relations between Russia and the United States.
“We have been hearing too much aggressive rhetoric from across the ocean in recent weeks. This, unfortunately, does nothing to ease tensions, ” he said .
Peskov confirmed that Biden had promised Putin financial sanctions against Russia. “Yes, indeed, Biden said that if there is this ephemeral invasion of Ukraine – apparently, the Americans themselves have already believed that this is not informational stuffing, but the true truth – then Russia will be financially isolated, and so on and so forth. “, – said Peskov.
The spokesman for the head of state noted that Putin did not have much to rejoice after talking with Biden. Nevertheless, the conversation was mutually respectful.
“Our American colleagues, right after the end of the conversation, in unison with each other, of course, began to talk about horror films, about how Biden scared Putin, and so on. This is not the case, ”he said.
Peskov said that Putin and Biden agreed on a new meeting. “They will need to talk again, maybe, using the same video format, the two presidents liked it,” the press secretary said. A face-to-face meeting, according to him, is “a matter of the future,” and it’s too early to talk about it.
What military assistance does Kiev receive from the United States
The United States has been providing military assistance to Ukraine since 2014. During this time, Washington has spent more than $ 2 billion on supplying Ukraine. The Pentagon supplies Kiev with ammunition, communications, medicines, anti-unmanned aerial vehicle systems, anti-tank and anti-ship missiles.
In October, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported that the United States had supplied the country with ammunition, precision weapons, medicines and radar surveillance equipment. Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran added that the United States is providing Ukraine with warships.
Battering ram in October clarified that American equipment is being used in Donbass.
“Our communications system at the front line is based on American radio communications, crypto-security means, it allows us to perform tasks and keep our negotiations secret from Russian interceptors,” Taran said.
In November, Ukraine first used Javelin anti-tank missile systems (ATGM) in Donbas, said Kirill Budanov, head of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. In his opinion, the American Javelins, together with the Turkish Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicles, have a “powerful psychological deterrent” for the troops of the DPR and LPR not controlled by Kiev.
Kiev asked the United States for additional military equipment a month ago, NBC sources said the day before . Ukraine needs air defense systems, anti-ship missiles, Javelin anti-tank systems and radar systems. In addition, Kiev asked for medication. The United States agreed and prepared a new package of military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $ 200 million, but the White House temporarily froze supplies in light of the current situation. According to sources, Washington wants to give Moscow and Kiev time to settle relations diplomatically and not escalate the situation.
According to the channel’s sources, the US administration is considering an expanded package of military assistance to Ukraine, which will be approved in the event of Russian aggression. On Tuesday, Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed that the United States will provide Ukraine with additional weapons in the event of Russian aggression. Sullivan pointed out that Biden warned Putin about this.
Laura Cooper, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, noted that Europe also helps the Ukrainian army, but not with the supply of weapons. Great Britain, Poland and Lithuania are participating in the training of the Ukrainian military.
Russia has repeatedly criticized the United States for supplying Kiev with lethal weapons, noting that this leads to an aggravation of the conflict in Donbass. In November, Peskov asked NATO not to “pump” Ukraine with weapons, “inspiring” it to “insane actions”.

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