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Biden Urges NATO to Stay on ‘Same Page’ in Response to Russia

President Biden said NATO allies were not all in agreement about how to respond should Russia take a number of aggressive actions against Ukraine. He also suggested a “minor incursion,” as opposed to a full-scale invasion, could prompt a less severe response.

The idea that NATO is not going to be united, I don’t buy, I’ve spoken to every major NATO leader. We’ve had the NATO-Russia summit, we’ve had other — the OSCE has met, etc. And so I think what you’re going to see is that Russia will be held accountable if it invades and it depends on what it does. It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion, and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do, etc. But if they actually do what they’re capable of doing with the force that’s massed on the border, it is going to be a disaster for Russia if they further invade Ukraine and that our allies and partners are ready to impose severe cost. But it’s very important that we keep everyone in NATO on the same page, and that’s what I’m spending a lot of time doing. And there are differences, there are differences in NATO as to what countries are willing to do, depending on what happens, the degree to which they’re able to go. And I want to be clear with you. The serious imposition of sanctions relative to dollar transactions and other things are things that are going to have a negative impact on the United States, as well as a negative impact on the economies of Europe as well — a devastating impact on Russia. And so I’ve got to make sure everybody’s on the same page as we move along. I think we will if there’s something that where there’s Russian forces crossing the border, killing Ukrainian fighters, etc. I think that changes everything. But it depends on what he does, as to actually what extent we’re going to be able to get total unity on the Russia — on the NATO front.

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Biden Urges NATO to Stay on ‘Same Page’ in Response to Russia

By The New York Times January 20, 2022

President Biden said NATO allies were not all in agreement about how to respond should Russia take a number of aggressive actions against Ukraine. He also suggested a “minor incursion,” as opposed to a full-scale invasion, could prompt a less severe response.

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