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Biden Expects Russia to ‘Move In’ on Ukraine; Warns of Sanctions

  • Sanctions response will be a ‘disaster’ for Russia, Biden says
  • ‘Minor incursion’ might prompt a lesser response, he says
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WATCH: “I’m not so sure he has, is certain, about what he’s going to do,” Biden says. “My guess is he will move in, he has to do something.”Source: Bloomberg
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President Joe Biden said he thinks Vladimir Putin doesn’t want a full-blown war but will “move in” on Ukraine after amassing 100,000 troops on its border, part of an extraordinarily blunt assessment of Russian intentions and the West’s likely response.

“I’m not so sure he has -- is certain -- about what he’s going to do,” Biden said of his Russian counterpart during a nearly two hour-long news conference Wednesday marking his first year in office. “My guess is he will move in, he has to do something.”