“Quick and severe penalties.”These four words have been among the most frequently spoken in Washington in recent months by diplomats, Pentagon officials, lawmakers and, above all, by the president of the United States. Joe Biden’s administration has been warning since November that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to invade Ukraine and reiterating that when the time comes, the United States has no plans to send troops to the ground. That day has come on Thursday.
Biden detailed the response he has been preparing for weeks, working with his European NATO allies, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and Australia, among others, in two appearances from the White House. With the first, on Tuesday, he reacted to Putin’s announcement that Russia recognized Independence of the two pro-Russian regions, Luhansk and Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, sent troops. In the second, a few hours ago, the American leader responds to Moscow’s decision to invade Ukraine. Three columns of troops entered the country from Belarus, to the North, and the Crimea, to the south, heading for the capital, Kiev, and other major cities. Putin’s intentions and how far he will be able to go remain uncertain.
Sanctions announced on Thursday deepen In those that occurred two days ago, when Biden retained the ability to strengthen the “first set of measures”. At the end of his appearance, journalists asked the president when he was saving the letter to impose economic measures directly on Putin (for now, he approached only the close, close circle of the Russian leader). For now, these are the concrete steps that the United States will take. The White House, which issued a statement to identify them, is confident…
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