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Speaking to members of the press on Tuesday, President Biden reiterated there would be consequences for Russia if the country invaded Ukraine. However, Biden added, “There is not going to be any American forces moving into Ukraine.”
- Can you tell me whether you think, sir, that the risk of an invasion is increasing or decreasing or steady just as it has been these recent days?
JOE BIDEN: You know, I'll be completely honest with you. It's a little bit like reading tea leaves. Ordinarily, if it were a different leader, the fact that he continues to build forces along Ukraine's border from Belarus all the way around, you'd say, well, that means that he is looking like he's going to do something. But then you look at what his past behavior is and what everyone is saying on his team, as well as everyone else as to what is likely to happen, it all comes down to his decision.
Look, let me conclude by saying, there will be enormous consequences if he were to go in and invade, as he could, the entire country, or a lot less than that as well for Russia, not only in terms of economic consequences and political consequences, but enormous consequences worldwide. This would be the largest-- if he were to move in with all those forces, it would be the largest invasion since World War II. It would change the world.
- Thank you, guys. Thanks, guys. Let's go. Thank you, guys. Let's go. Thank you, guys. You guys, come on, let's go. Thank you.
JOE BIDEN: There is not going to be any American forces moving into Ukraine.