U.S. promises ‘swift, severe’ consequences if Russia invades Ukraine


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January 20, 2022 - 9:04 AM

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken give a press conference following their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kyiv, on Wednesday. Photo by Alex Brandon/Pool/AFP/Getty Images/TNS

The United States upped its rhetoric against a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine became evident. President Biden said Wednesday he expected Russians to invade Ukraine.

BERLIN (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Thursday that there would be a “swift, severe” response from the United States and its allies if Russia sends military forces into Ukraine.

Blinken’s comments in Berlin appeared to be another effort to clear up any confusion about the position of the U.S. and its NATO allies after U.S. President Joe Biden was heavily criticized for saying a “minor incursion” by Russia would elicit a lesser response.

“If any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border and commit new acts of aggression against Ukraine, that will be met with a swift, severe, united response from the United States and our allies and partners,” Blinken told reporters.

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