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Biden Says He’d Fight World War III for NATO But Not for Ukraine

  • U.S. has ‘sacred obligation’ to defend NATO, Biden says
  • No-fly zone in Ukraine would mean war, he tells Democrats
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U.S. Will Not Fight War Against Russia in Ukraine: Biden
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President Joe Biden said he would defend NATO to the point of World War III, but that he won’t risk touching off a wider conflict by fighting Russia in Ukraine and ruled out establishing a no-fly zone. 

“As we provide this support to Ukraine, we’re going to continue to stand together with our allies in Europe and send an unmistakable message: that we will defend every inch of NATO territory,” Biden said in Philadelphia on Friday during a speech to Democrats. “If they move once -- granted, if we respond, it is World War III, but we have a sacred obligation on NATO territory.”