Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

White House

Biden Warns Putin Of ‘Severe Costs’ If Russia Invades Ukraine

The call between the two leaders comes after the State Department ordered the evacuation of most of its embassy staff in Kyiv.

President Joe Biden sits at his desk at Camp David on Feb. 12, 2022 (Photo: The White House / AP)

(Fwrd Axis) — President Joe Biden on Saturday warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of the consequences of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, which U.S. officials have said could be imminent, would be “swift and severe,” according to a White House official.

The two leaders spoke for over an hour on Saturday. Biden told Putin that the U.S. and its allies “will respond decisively and impose swift and severe costs” if Russia decides to go forward with an invasion of Ukraine.

Biden reiterated that a Russian invasion would produce “widespread human suffering and diminish Russia’s standing” in the world, the White House said.

The call between the two leaders comes after the State Department ordered the evacuation of most of its embassy staff in Kyiv. On Friday, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said there was a “distinct possibility” Russia could invade Ukraine before the end of the 2022 Winter Olympics on February 20.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“We continue to see signs of Russian escalation, including new forces arriving at the Ukrainian border. As we’ve said before, we are in the window when an invasion could begin at any time should Vladimir Putin decide to order it,” he said.

Following the call, a senior Biden administration official told reporters it “remains unclear” if Russia was interested in pursuing goals through diplomacy or use of force.

“President Biden was clear with President Putin that while the United States remains prepared to engage in diplomacy, in full coordination with our Allies and partners, we are equally prepared for other scenarios,” the White House statement said.

Yuri Ushakov, Putin’s top foreign policy aide, said Biden mentioned the sanctions that could be imposed on Russia, but “this issue was not the focus during a fairly long conversation with the Russian leader.”

Ushakov said the call between the two leaders “was quite balanced and businesslike,” noting that Biden mentioned sanctions but the “emphasis was not on this issue” and discussions “around the topic of ‘invasion’ was conducted in a coordinated manner.”

Russia has over 100,000 troops along the Ukrainian border and conducted military exercises in Belarus but has still denied they are planning to invade the country. Putin has made several bold demands, which include NATO to reduce forces in Central and Eastern Europe and for NATO to not allow Ukraine to join.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Ushakov said Saturday Biden did not provide “any substantive answers” to their demands.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday, warning him that if Moscow invades Ukraine, “it would result in a resolute, massive, and united Transatlantic response,” according to State Department spokesperson Ned Price.

The Kremlin said the Russian foreign minister had accused the United States of a “propaganda campaign” about possible Russian aggression while ignoring Putin’s demands.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko outlined preparations the city is taking to safeguard “critical and social infrastructure facilities” in “the event of a possible emergency.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“Our efforts are aimed at preventing or overcoming both possible provocations and withstanding a military attack,” Klitschko said in a telegram on Saturday.

Stephen Anderson
Written By

Stephen Michael is a Political Correspondent based in the United States. He has reached a global audience with his coverage of the 2020 Election and Trump White House. Michael joins Forward Axis News after spending time with the Project Spurs Network since 2014 and covering reality TV in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

You May Also Like

Ukraine War

Biden's announcement comes as Congress currently is deadlocked on whether or not to approve $24 million in aid to Ukraine

Ukraine War

The President's remarks come amid polls showing Americans support for Ukraine's defense is sliding.

Joe Biden

With concerns swirling around his age, Biden got candid and made clear why he is seeking a second term.


The controversial immigration provisions will more than likely ensure a fight among House Republicans.