Biden Administration Vows 'Severe' Response If 'Single Additional Russian Force' Enters Ukraine

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday said the United States would initiate a “swift” and “severe” response if Russia’s military enters Ukraine.

“If a single additional Russian force goes into Ukraine in an aggressive way, as I said, that would trigger a swift, a severe, and a united response from us and from Europe,” Blinken said in response to a question about sanctions during a CNN interview on Sunday morning. He did not elaborate on what penalties the United States would hand down.

His comment came as tens of thousands of Russian troops have amassed near Russia’s border with Ukraine in recent days amid fears that Moscow is planning to invade its neighbor. In 2014, Russia used its military forces to annex the Crimean Peninsula, a move that drew sanctions from then-President Barack Obama.

Moscow has long said that it has no plans to invade Ukraine.

While the United States said it has engaged in diplomacy with Russia in a bid to ease tensions, no breakthroughs have occurred. Blinken said that while it is preferable to use diplomatic means, other measures are on the table.

“At this point … the choice is Vladimir Putin’s and there, the paths are clear: diplomacy, dialogue, seeing if we can build collective security in a way that i... (Read more)