methe president of the United States, Joe biden, ruled out on Wednesday that the United States will send troops to Ukraine in the event of an invasion of Russia. Biden warned of serious economic consequences for Russia, which he described as “never seen before.”
“We have a moral obligation and a legal obligation to our NATO allies, if they attack under Article 5, that is a sacred obligation. That obligation does not extend to Ukraine. But, it would depend on what the rest of the countries do. NATO officials would be willing to do as well. But the idea that the United States is going to unilaterally use force to confront Russia if it invades Ukraine is not on the table right now. “
Biden did say that in the event of a Russian attack on Ukraine, he would provide military aid and reinforce the US presence in NATO’s eastern flank countries.
And it is the presence of NATO near the Russian borders that Russian President Vladimir Putin has said to reserve the right to “defend their security.” For Moscow it would be to violate the promises made to Moscow after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Putin added that simply watching NATO approach Russia’s borders would amount to “criminal inaction”:
“The expansion of the NATO bloc to the east, even at the expense of Ukraine. This is one of the key issues to preserve Russia’s security from a medium, and even strategic perspective.”
“We have been talking about this all the time, in public, and we have been warning our partners that for us, (NATO expansion) is unacceptable.”
“Russia carries out a peaceful foreign policy, but it has the right to ensure its security, as I have already said, in the medium and long term. We discussed this with all our partners, including the leader I spoke to yesterday, the president. from the United States, Mr. Biden. We should be concerned about the prospect of a possible acceptance of Ukraine into NATO because, unconditionally, the deployment of the relevant military contingents and (the deployment of) weapons that threaten us will follow. “
“NATO infrastructure has inevitably moved closer to our borders. And now we see missile defense systems in Poland and Romania, and we have every reason to believe that the same will happen if Ukraine is admitted to NATO, but then it will be. on Ukrainian territory. “
“How can we not think about it? It would be criminal inaction on our part, just to see how it happens.”
The United States and Ukraine have periodically conducted joint military exercises on Ukrainian territory. Russia has deployed between 70,000 and 94,000 Russian soldiers on its border with the neighboring country in the last few weeks,
Moscow has denied any plan to attack Ukraine, framing Western concerns as part of a smear campaign against Russia.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.