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Biden, Europe Sanctions Caution Cast Doubt on Russia Response

  • Joe Biden spoke of possible Ukraine incursion by Russia
  • U.S. has pushed for faster agreement on sanctions package
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U.S. President Joe Biden’s comment that Russia may opt for a smaller-scale incursion into Ukraine, combined with the European Union’s reluctance to discuss specific penalties for Moscow, risks deepening concern about how firmly the West would respond to a lesser provocation.

Biden raised the prospect in a news conference on Wednesday that President Vladimir Putin might go for a “minor incursion” or cyber attack on Ukraine as opposed to a full-blown war, noting that could complicate how the U.S. and its allies react, “and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do.”