Looming War: Ukrainian president rebukes Biden over remarks on Russian invasion

Ukraine’s president appeared to rebuke President Joe Biden Thursday after Biden suggested that a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukraine would not merit a strong international response.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiyy listens to a reporters question as he waits for US Secretary of State before their meeting at the Bankova, in Kyiv, on January 19, 2022.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiyy.

Zelenskyy’s comment was a remarkable retort from a close U.S. ally that has received millions of dollars in military assistance.   

During a news conference Wednesday, Biden vowed to impose “severe economic consequences” should Russian President Vladimir Putin decide to invade the eastern European country.

“Russia will be held accountable if it invades,” Biden said. He then went on to qualify that.

“It depends on what (Russia) does. It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about we have to do and not do,” Biden said in his remarks. 

The White House sought to clarify Biden’s remarks after his nearly two-hour news conference. “If any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border, that’s a renewed invasion, and it will be met with a swift, severe, and united response from the United States and our Allies,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement released Wednesday evening.

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