President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he would not authorize American troops to be deployed to Ukraine as the nation faces the possibility of an invasion by Russia.
According to Fox News, the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces is not looking to make the United States ally closer with the nation, despite the potential for accessibility with troops in Europe.
According to the publication, troops might begin to amass in NATO front-line countries should the issue with Russia escalate in the near future.
The president made his comments to reporters in Washington as the White House urged Americans to leave Ukraine, saying that the situation could “deteriorate with little notice.”
“There are reports Russia is planning significant military action against Ukraine. The security conditions, particularly along Ukraine’s borders, in Russia-occupied Crimea, and in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine, are unpredictable and can deteriorate with little notice,” said a State Department travel advisory Sunday.
Questions about what role the United States would play have been circulating, particularly amongst conservatives who have questioned the president’s leadership since the disastrous troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Biden has been quick to talk about his position in Russia, saying that the possible invasion of Ukraine is the type of move that Europe hasn’t seen since the second world war and could cause “enormous consequences” if it escalates.
“There will be enormous consequences if he were to go and invade … for Russia,” Biden said when asked to assess the risk that Russian President Vladimir Putin would opt to invade Ukraine.
“Not only in terms of economic consequences and political consequences, but there would be enormous consequences worldwide.”
The president went so far as to say the invasion would “change the world” when comparing it to World War II in his comments to the press.
“If he were to move in with all those forces, it would be the largest invasion since World War II,” Biden said.
“There are risky scenarios. They’re possible and probable in the future,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said Monday. “But as of today … such a threat doesn’t exist.”