“Russia has been involved in offending military actions with the long line of history and military aggression using tactics to attack so-called grey zones by not wearing soldiers uniforms, ” said Biden on Thursday.
On Wednesday, it revealed that Moscow would invade and cautioned Russia that they would be exempted from the Global banking system if it happened.
US President Joe Biden announced Thursday that any Russian activities across Ukraine’s perimeter would constitute an invasion, and they might “pay a heavy price” for such an action.
A statement from the White House appeared to clear up the complication about the position of the US and its NATO allies. Biden was severely criticized for saying “minor incursion” would evoke a small response.
“I’ve been obvious with President Putin. He has no misunderstanding: Any assembled Russian units move across the Ukrainian border, that is an invasion,” Biden said. “Let there be no doubt at all if Putin makes this choice, Russia will pay a heavy price.”
The comments arrived after an anticipated failed high-stake proposal to ease the tension. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken prepared to meet Friday in Geneva with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Biden conveyed dismay among allies after responding to the Russian invasion “depending on what it does”. It’s one aspect if it’s a minor incursion, and then we end up fighting about what to do and not do, et cetera,” he said.
But he also conveyed the anxiety on Thursday by reminding Russia’s what military action to carry out aggression in Paramilitary tactics to attack
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Was Among Those Expressing Concern About Biden’s “Minor Incursion” Remark.
“We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations. Just as there are no minor casualties and little grief from the loss of loved ones,” he tweeted.
Ahead, Blinken warned in Berlin that there would be a “swift, severe” reaction from the US and NATO if Russia delivered any military forces into Ukraine.” Blinken told a news conference with his German counterpart.
Russia was condemned for jeopardizing the world order within an estimated 100,000 troops near Ukraine. Blinken said Russia might face a global heat if it invades.
His speech came in Berlin, the city that symbolized the Cold War split between East and West.
“These are difficult issues we are facing, and resolving them won’t happen quickly,” Blinken said. “I certainly don’t expect we’ll solve them in Geneva tomorrow.”
He said Russia’s actions are degrading International rule and latest in the list of violations of various treaties, agreements, commitments that Moscow made to respect the territory of other countries.
“To allow Russia to violate those principles with immunity would push us all to more formidable and volatile time, when this continent -– and this city -– were split in two, separated by no-man’s-lands patrolled by soldiers, with the threat of all-out war hanging heavily over everyone’s lives,” Blinken told an audience at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. “It would also send a message to others around the world that these principles are expendable.”
“We will not treat the principles of sovereignty or territorial integrity as negotiable,” he said, adding that the situation is “bigger than a conflict between two countries, and it’s bigger than a clash between Russia and NATO. It’s a crisis with global consequences. And it requires global attention and action.”
The speech came after Blinken, and top diplomats from Britain, France, and Germany met in Berlin to project a united front over concerns that Russia may be planning to invade Ukraine. A day earlier, he met Ukraine’s president in Kyiv.
The US and its partners are united, Blinken said on Thursday with hundred plus meetings with the allies in recent weeks. “to ensure that we are speaking and acting together with one voice when it comes to Russia.”
“That unity gives us strength, a strength I might add that Russia does not and cannot match,” he said. “It’s why we build voluntary alliances and partnerships in the first place. It’s also why Russia recklessly seeks to divide us.”
Russia denies it is planning an invasion and, in turn, accused the West of plotting “provocations” in Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova alleged Ukrainian and Western talk of an imminent Russian attack was a “cover for staging large-scale provocations of their own, including those of military character.”
Russia wants binding security guarantees, including a permanent prohibition on Ukrainian membership in NATO, to which Kyiv aspires, and the removal of most of the U.S. and allied military presence in eastern Europe.
US and European allies are ready to consider Russian demands, which are less dramatic. This shows Putin’s obvious dark ulterior motives, and it’s a no starter.
“So far, our good-faith gestures have been rebuffed -– because, in truth, this crisis is not primarily about weapons or military bases,” he said. “It’s about the sovereignty of Ukraine and other post-Soviet states. And at its core, it’s about Russia’s rejection of a post-Cold War Europe that is whole and free.”
Russia on Thursday announced sweeping naval manoeuvres through February. Many appear in the Black Sea, involving over 140 warships and more than 60 aircraft. Spain’s defence minister said the country was sending two warships to the Black Sea with NATO approval.
Amid concerns that threats of sanctions may not move Putin and that an invasion will not draw as strong an international response as the US believes. Blinken made a straightforward request to the Russian people to oppose any intervention.
“You deserve to live with security and dignity, like all people everywhere, and no one -– not Ukraine, not the United States, not the countries of NATO -– is seeking to jeopardize that. But what risks your security is a pointless war with your neighbours in Ukraine, with all the costs that come with it -– most of all, for the young people who will risk or even give their lives to it,” he said.
The rationale for not directly joining a Russia-Ukraine war is simple. The U.S. has no treaty obligation to Ukraine, and war with Russia would be an enormous gamble. But doing too little has risks, too.