Fresh moves to stop Putin ordering Ukraine invasion
Evening Standard|January 20, 2022
Efforts come after Biden says Russia will ‘pay price’ if it goes ahead
Martin Bentham

NEW efforts to stop Vladimir Putin ordering an invasion of Ukraine were under way today after Joe Biden warned that Russia will pay a “serious and dear price” if it goes ahead.

The US president said he expects Russian troops to “move in” and admitted that he was uncertain about the West’s response to any “minor incursion” because of divisions among Nato allies.

He added, however, that any full-scale invasion would be “the most consequential thing that’s happened in the world in terms of war and peace since World War Two” and could “get out of hand” while bringing disastrous consequences for Russia. “This is not all just a cakewalk for Russia militarily,” Mr Biden told a White House news conference.

“They’ll pay a stiff price, immediately, short-term, medium-term and longterm if they do it.”

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