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Biden rules out sending troops to Ukraine frontline


U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday that putting U.S. troops on the ground in Ukraine to deter a possible Russian invasion was “not on the table” as tensions between Moscow and Washington eased slightly after a virtual summit this week. Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated that Moscow would send ideas to Washington within a week to follow up on his talks with Biden on Tuesday on the Ukraine crisis.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Biden said he expected high-level meetings with Russia and key NATO allies to be announced Friday to discuss Moscow’s “concerns regarding NATO in general” and the possibility of “lowering the temperature. along the Eastern Front.”

The United States has expressed growing concern about a Russian military buildup near Ukraine, a former Soviet republic that has tilted toward the West since 2014. Moscow denies aiming to invade Ukraine and instead warns of a creeping NATO expansion eastward.

Biden said the U.S. has a moral and legal obligation to defend NATO allies if they are attacked, but that obligation does not extend to Ukraine. “That’s not on the table,” Biden said when asked whether U.S. troops would be used to stop a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Biden warned Putin on Tuesday that the West would impose “strong economic sanctions and other measures” on Moscow if it invaded, while Putin demanded assurances that NATO would not expand eastward. Neither side spoke of a breakthrough after the two-hour video call, but agreed to continue talking about what the Kremlin called “this complex confrontational situation.”

“We agreed that we will continue this discussion and we will do so in a substantive way. We will exchange our ideas in the very near future. Russia will draft its ideas literally in the next few days, within a week we will give them to the US side to consider,” Putin told reporters on Wednesday.

In his first public comments since the conversation, Putin said it was “provocative” to raise the question of whether Russia planned to attack Ukraine, and again accused Kiev and NATO of threatening Russia’s security.


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