U.S. President Joe Biden stated: if his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin orders troops to attack Ukraine, Russia will face catastrophic consequences.
"The invasion of Ukraine is going to be a disaster for Russia. Our allies and partners are ready to impose severe costs on Russia and the Russian economy," TV channel CNBC quotes him as saying.
The American President clarified that during his last conversation with Putin, he had warned his interlocutor about the scope of the consequences, including sanctions, "he has not yet dealt with." Biden stressed that depriving Russian banks of the opportunity to work with the dollar was among them.
However, the head of the United States stated he believed that Russia would not attack Ukraine.
"I still believe that Putin does not want a full-scale war... I think he will test our readiness. But I know that he will pay a heavy and serious price if he does not change his mind now. And I think he will regret this decision for the rest of his life (invasion of Ukraine—). I think it is very difficult for him to get used to what, in his opinion, is the biggest tragedy in the history of Russia—the collapse of the USSR. He is trying to find a place for Russia in this world between China and the West," he said.
Additionally. Later, Biden's Press Secretary Jen Psaki reported that the United States would consider any crossing of the Ukrainian border an invasion. According to her, these actions "will be met with a prompt and united response from the United States and our allies."
"President Biden also knows from long experience that the Russians have an extensive playbook of aggression short of military action, including cyberattacks and paramilitary tactics. And he affirmed today that those acts of Russian aggression will be met with a decisive, reciprocal, and united response," she added.
Context. The White House is convinced that Russia is capable of resorting to a full-scale invasion of Ukrainian territory at any point.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, amid the active dissemination of information about the likelihood of a full-scale attack by Russia on Ukraine, urged fellow citizens not to panic. According to him, Moscow has been at war with Ukraine for eight years now, and the risks have not become greater.