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Biden plays wait and see with Putin over Ukraine intentions after video summit

Added 12-07-21 07:18:02pm EST - “Following a much-anticipated call between President Biden and his Russian counterpart Tuesday, the White House appeared be taking a "wait-and-see" approach to a potential invasion of Uk?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Biden plays wait and see with Putin over Ukraine intentions after video summit”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Following a high-stakes virtual summit between President Biden and his Russian counterpart Tuesday, the White House appeared to be taking a “wait-and-see” approach to a potential invasion of Ukraine by Moscow. 

“We will watch what unfolds in the coming days,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters as he and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki repeatedly answered that what happens next depends on what Russian President Vladimir Putin does. 

Biden and Putin spoke for two hours and one minute Tuesday morning, and Sullivan acknowledged in the afternoon that “we still do not believe that President Putin has made a decision” about whether to send his massed forces across the border and into Ukraine.

“This was a real discussion. It was give-and-take,” Sullivan said in describing the call. “It was not speeches back and forth.”

According to Sullivan, Biden relayed to Putin that any further incursion into Ukraine would be met with “strong economic measures” from the US and its European allies, at one point saying that the president “looked President Putin in the eye and told him today that things we did not do in 2014 [when Russian annexed Crimea] we are prepared to do now.”

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