Biden vows to ‘respond decisively’ if Russia invades Ukraine

President Joe Biden just promised a “decisive” U.S. response should Russian President Vladimir Putin decide to invade Ukraine, the Daily Caller reports. 

For those unfamiliar with the developing situation, Russia has been amassing troops at the Ukrainian border for several months. Estimates of the number of Russian troops are said to be in the tens of thousands, as of the last count.

Russia is seemingly trying to use a show of force to prevent Ukraine from teaming up with NATO.

Many now fear that, given what happened in 2014 when Russia invaded Crimea, it will soon invade Ukraine if it thinks it is necessary to stop Ukraine from joining NATO. Reports also indicate such an attack could be imminent.

Biden’s response

Biden has been trying to prevent Russia from invading Ukraine by using threatening rhetoric, and the most recent attempt came on Thursday.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “President Biden urged Russia to de-escalate tensions with Ukraine. He made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine.”

Of course, the big question is what “respond decisively” actually means in reality. Biden, previously, made it clear that he will not use U.S. troops to stop a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

It would appear that the “decisive” response would come in the form of economic sanctions.

Republican backlash

Republicans argue that the situation is of Biden’s doing, precisely because Biden is proving himself to be an ineffectual and overall weak leader.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), for example, said, “‘Speak loudly and carry a small stick’ is a weak game plan. Biden has given Putin the upper hand at almost every turn: letting Russia dictate reciprocal diplomatic representation, waiving sanctions on NordStream 2, and turning the page from Paul Whelan and Alexei Navalny’s unjust imprisonment.”

Similarly, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), said, “The Russian troops on the Ukrainian border are Joe Biden’s fault. And they are Senate Democrats fault for being unwilling to stand up to a president of their own party,” and sanction Nord Stream 2, a Russian gas pipeline supplying energy to western Europe.

U.S. and Russian officials will meet face-to-face in a couple of weeks to discuss the Ukrainian situation. We’ll have to see if Biden’s tough talk is enough to talk Putin down.

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