Joe Biden vows to deter Russian invasion of Ukraine

President Joe Biden has vowed that the United States will make military action in Ukraine “very, very difficult” for Russia.

The Commander-in-Chief’s comments came amid fears of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine early next year. According to the Washington Post, which cited an intelligence document and US officials, new findings by US intelligence have estimated 175,000 troops are involved.

Russia has deployed troops to the Ukrainian border, while demanding that Biden ensure Ukraine is excluded from NATO. Russia also wants the NATO alliance to refrain from certain military activities in and around Ukrainian territory.

The crisis has raised fears of a resumption of war and precedes a virtual meeting scheduled for next week between Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the newspaper also reported.

Asked about the intelligence discovery on his way to the presidential retreat at Camp David on Friday night, Biden told reporters, “We have known about Russia’s actions for a long time, and I expect us to have a long discussion. with Putin.

President Biden said the United States was aware of Russia’s actions and planned to have a “long talk” with Vladimir Putin.
Biden’s comments come after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed concern over growing aggression from Russia.
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Biden and Zelensky pictured together in the Oval Office in September 2021.
Biden and Zelensky pictured together in the Oval Office in September 2021.
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The president also promised new initiatives from his administration to deter Russian aggression.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov on Friday warned that the invasion could take place as early as next month, adding that Russia has around 94,300 troops near Ukraine and in Russia annexed Crimea. . US intelligence officials believe nearly 70,000 troops are deployed near the border, according to an unclassified intelligence document obtained by the Associated Press.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said administration officials had “engaged in the possibility” of a Biden-Putin appeal.

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