Biden Claims No Intention to Deploy Troops in Ukraine

President Joe Biden confirmed Tuesday that the U.S. has no plan to deploy troops in Ukraine and instead explained what the U.S. intends to take against Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin should the country move forward with an invasion of Ukraine.

Biden told reporters Tuesday that the U.S. has “no intention” of putting American soldiers on the ground in Ukraine amid increased Russian military presence at the Ukrainian border.

Biden said any deployed troops would instead head to NATO countries, a day after the Pentagon said up to 8,500 U.S. troops are on “heightened preparedness” for deployment to aid the NATO response.

Biden added that there would be “serious economic consequences” should Russia invade Ukraine, echoing the “strong economic and other measures” Biden warned Putin about in a December video call.

According to Ukraine military intelligence and the Pentagon, more than 125,000 Russian military personnel were stationed at the Ukraine border on Monday. 

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