June 25, 2022

President Joe Biden, below strain to do extra to help Ukraine in its struggle towards Russia, has warned that any army escalation by the West towards Moscow can be catastrophic. 

On Friday, reporters peppered Biden with questions on what sort of Russian escalation would set off a army counterresponse by the U.S. throughout a press convention the place he referred to as on Congress to enact new commerce sanctions towards the nation. The president mentioned Washington or NATO would spark “World Warfare III” if it engaged in a army confrontation with Russia. 

“We’ll defend each single inch of NATO territory with the complete may of the united and galvanized NATO,” Biden mentioned, repeating a line he has used beforehand in response to comparable questions.  “We is not going to combat a struggle towards Russia in Ukraine. Direct battle between NATO and Russia is World Warfare III, one thing we should try to forestall.”

Biden’s unequivocal opposition to a U.S. or NATO intervention in Ukraine has been a place he has maintained since December when he dominated out any U.S. forces going to the nation to face a Russian invasion. It follows an effort by his administration to stability robust actions that increase the prices on Russia’s economic system with out feeding President Vladimir Putin’s fears that Washington was seeking to overthrow him. 

Ukraine’s President Voldomyr Zelensky has repeated his requests for a no-fly zone maintained by NATO over his nation. Zelensky, who has remained within the Ukrainian capital Kyiv as Russian forces encompass town, has vented his frustrations about what he sees because the West’s unwillingness to confront Putin. On Thursday, the Ukrainian chief waved off Putin’s earlier threats of nuclear escalation as a “bluff.” 

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However Biden’s considerations have been bolstered by his intelligence neighborhood. Throughout testimony earlier than Congress on Wednesday, the chiefs of main intelligence businesses just like the CIA cautioned {that a} nuclear strike by Putin couldn’t be simply dismissed. 

A number of Republicans have lampooned Biden for not granting Ukraine’s request for a no-fly zone. Nevertheless, much more are against the transfer for worry of nuclear escalation, together with Russia hawks like Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. 

“I believe folks want to know what a no-fly zone means … it is not some rule you cross that everyone has to oblige by,” Rubio informed ABC Information on Sunday. “It is the willingness to shoot down the aircrafts of the Russian Federation, which is principally the start of World Warfare III.”

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