Sanctions will cause ‘complete breakdown’ in US-Russia relations, Putin warns Biden
The US president said economic measures would be taken if Russia were to invade Ukraine, but the Russian leader said that would trigger a complete rupture in their relations
US President Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin in a call that there would be “a heavy price to pay” if Russia invades Ukraine again.
Biden said he “made it clear” that any further military action by the Kremlin would result in “severe sanctions” but did not go as far as to say that Washington would respond to Russia’s continued military presence near the border with Ukraine.
“I’m not going to negotiate here in public,” Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, where he is spending New Year’s Eve. “But we made it clear he cannot, I’ll emphasise, cannot invade Ukraine.”