Biden: US troops in Ukraine ‘not on the table' to deter Russia


President Biden said Wednesday that he would not deploy US troops to Ukraine to deter a possible Russian invasion, telling reporters the option was “not on the table.”

Biden added as he departed the White House for a trip to Kansas City, Mo. that he informed Russian President Vladimir Putin during a Tuesday call between the leaders that there would be “severe consequences” if Moscow orders an attack.

Ukraine is not a US treaty ally, but the US has provided military aid and training to counter Russia.

Biden spoke with Putin for two hours on Tuesday and intends to speak Thursday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who recently alleged a pro-Russia coup plot against him.

Russia has massed thousands of troops near Ukraine’s borders in recent months as part of what US officials fear could be a prelude to an invasion.

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Biden speaking with the press before leaving for Kansas City, MO on Wednesday.

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Putin pictured during Tuesday’s two-hour call with President Biden.

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Republicans have blasted Biden for allowing Russia to complete construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which is nearly operational. The pipeline will allow Russia to transfer natural gas directly to Germany, bypassing Ukraine and depriving the Kiev government of lucrative transfer fees.

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Satellite image showing the position of Russian troops in Crimea, where they are planning a possible invasion of Ukraine.

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“Biden could stop this today if he simply revokes … the [sanctions] waiver and imposes sanctions and he’s unwilling to do so,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told Fox News Wednesday. “If we see tanks in the streets of Kiev, it will be because Joe Biden surrendered to Putin.”

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