Biden warns of 'disaster for Russia' if they invade Ukraine

Biden warns of ‘disaster for Russia’ if they invade Ukraine


WASHINGTON: U.S. President Joe Biden warned Russia on Wednesday that it would pay a heavy price for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, but he sparked confusion by suggesting a “minor” invasion would result in much less resistance from the West.

Biden said he did not believe President Vladimir Putin wanted a war, but said the Russian leader had created a situation that had proved extremely difficult to defuse — and could easily “get out of control” in the region.

“My guess is he’s going to move in. He’s got to do something,” Biden said at a news conference in his first year in office.

Putin may be planning a “nowhere near massive invasion” to test the United States and NATO, with less resistance from allies, he said.

“If it’s a minor intrusion, that’s one thing, and then we end up fighting over what to do and what not to do,” he said.

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