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Capitol Hill Gets Gloomy White House Assessment: Ukraine Update

  • Biden officials say additional troops, sanctions are ready
  • U.K.’s Johnson says battle over Ukraine would be ‘tenacious’
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WATCH: Deputy Treasury Secretary Adeyemo said the U.S. and its European allies have economic sanctions “at the ready” in case Russian troops invade Ukraine.Source: Bloomberg
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President Joe Biden said he’d consider sanctioning Russian President Vladimir Putin in case Russia attacks Ukraine. Meanwhile, a Kremlin spokesman warned that a U.S. move to put as many as 8,500 troops on alert “exacerbates tensions.”  

Evidence also emerged that European governments are split on what Russian actions short of a military attack on Ukraine should trigger sanctions. French President Emmanuel Macron’s Russia adviser is in Moscow to present proposals for deescalation -- and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will host Macron in Berlin on Tuesday evening.