Ukraine News Live Putin Warns of ‘Huge Consequences’ as Biden Says Russia Invasion Would Change the World

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Biden Says He Will Personally Sanction Putin If Russia Invades Ukraine

Joe Biden has said there would be “enormous consequences” globally if Russia invaded Ukraine.

It is estimated that some 100,000 Russian troops are massing on the border with Ukraine. Biden said that if Vladimir Putin ordered them to move “it would be the biggest invasion since World War II, it would change the world.”

He added: “There would be huge consequences if it went in and invaded … for Russia, not only in terms of economic and political consequences, but also huge consequences throughout the world.”

sources said the independent that the United States was preparing economic sanctions with the aim of “maximizing the pain in the Kremlin” if Russia invades.

The plans, which were being discussed with partners and allies, could include export controls and financial sanctions, the sources said.

They will be designed to “maximize pain in the Kremlin while minimizing spillover” elsewhere, the source said.

In the UK, Boris Johnson said he “would not hesitate” to tighten economic sanctions against Russia in the event of an invasion.

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US to discuss energy supply with Qatar amid fears Russia could isolate Europe

Joe Biden will discuss global energy security with Qatar’s leader next week, the White House said amid concerns Russia could cut off gas supplies to Europe.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will meet with the president at the White House as the United States begins talks with states and energy companies about a possible diversion of supplies to Europe if Russia invades Ukraine.

Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, discussed the matter with the foreign minister of Qatar, one of the main producers of liquefied natural gas, in a phone call on Monday, according to a source familiar with the matter who requested the anonymity.

Tamim’s meeting with Biden at the White House will provide the leaders with an opportunity to discuss “ensuring stability in global energy supplies,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

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UK and US discuss Russia’s ban on global payment platform

Boris Johnson said he was discussing Russia’s ban on the Swift global payments system with the United States.

Asked about the Swift payment system and whether Britain would ban Russia, Johnson said: “There’s no doubt it would be a very powerful weapon.”

“However, I am afraid that it can only be really implemented with the help of the United States. We are in talks about that.”

Swift’s banishment would disrupt international payments by Russian companies and institutions.

The United States is preparing a broad tranche of economic sanctions to “maximize the pain in the Kremlin” if Russia invades Ukraine. the independent has been told by a US government source.

These could include blocking financial transfers from Russia’s three largest banks, two additional sources said.

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Western leaders warn Russia will pay a heavy price if it invades Ukraine

French President Emmanuel Macron told Russia he would “pay a heavy price” if an invasion of Ukraine took place (Thomas Kingsley writes).

Macron’s warning came as he met new German leader Olaf Scholz in Berlin on Tuesday as last-minute discussions continued to avert war in Europe.

“If there is an attack, there will be retaliation and the price [for Russia] it will be very high,” Macron said. He added that the recent talks were “a God thing” but that they still did not show clear results.

His comments came on another day of heated diplomatic discussions with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who also warned against any military action by Russia, saying it would be “tragic and futile”.

He told the House of Commons: “If Russia goes this way, many children of Russian mothers will not come home.”

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Ukraine situation “has not de-escalated” yet, US State Department says

The situation with Russian troops on the border with Ukraine is considered not to be moving in the right direction, the US State Department said.

Ned Price, the US State Department spokesman, told a news conference: “I don’t think we’ve seen any concrete evidence of de-escalation yet.”

“There is no precondition for dialogue and diplomacy, but there is a precondition for dialogue and diplomacy to move in the right direction…and that precondition is de-escalation.”

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Biden warns Russia of ‘enormous global consequences’ of Ukraine invasion

Joe Biden has said there would be “enormous consequences” globally if Russia invaded Ukraine.

Russia is believed to have amassed more than 100,000 troops on its neighbor’s border and there are fears it is planning an invasion. Western leaders are anticipating Russia’s next move.

Speaking to reporters about the US approach to the situation on a visit to a DC gift shop, Biden said: “There would be huge consequences if he went in and invaded, however he could, the whole country… Russia, not just in terms of economic and political consequences, but also of enormous consequences throughout the world.”

“If it moved in with all those forces, it would be the biggest invasion since World War II. It would change the world.”

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Russia-Ukraine: Key points from Tuesday

9am: ‘Russian military members are already in Ukraine,’ says UK defense minister [post]

11 am: UK would face record petrol prices if Russia invades Ukraine [post]

13:00: Boris Johnson warns that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine would be “tragic and useless” [post]

14:00: UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will visit Ukraine [post]

17:00: French President Macron will call Putin on Friday to “clarify” the situation in Ukraine [post]

18:00: Ukraine’s president urges the public not to panic [post]

19:00: The United States prepares sanctions to ‘maximize the pain’ for Russia if it invades Ukraine [post]

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Escalation between Russia and Ukraine is likely to drive up energy prices

An escalation of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine would likely drive up energy prices for many countries, keeping inflation rates high, a senior International Monetary Fund (IMF) official said.

Gita Gopinath, second-in-command at the IMF, said the situation now is very different from 2014 when Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region and energy prices fell sharply amid low demand and abundant supplies. of shale gas.

Prices of other commodities exported by Russia were also rising and could trigger a “larger and more widespread increase” in commodity prices if the conflict escalated, he told Reuters after the release of the IMF’s Updated World Economic Outlook. .

Russia’s economy shrank by 3.7% in 2015 due to falling oil prices and international sanctions imposed after the annexation of Crimea.

The IMF currently estimates that Russia’s economy will grow 2.8 percent in 2022, but that forecast does not include concerns about the conflict, Gopinath said.

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See: Biden says he will personally sanction Putin if Russia invades Ukraine

Reporter asks Biden about personal sanctions

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Biden ‘encouraging’ signs against Russian aggression, says McConnell

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the US Senate, is a frequent critic of Joe Biden.

However, he said Tuesday that the US president’s administration is “moving in the right direction” in its response to the crisis in Ukraine.

Last week, McConnell said Biden had “wired passivity and weakness” to the Kremlin, which has amassed more than 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border.

But this view seems to have changed. “What I’ve been hearing since then is encouraging, that they’re prepared to take action before a raid, not after,” he said in Kentucky.

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More US military equipment lands in Ukraine

The United States has delivered more military equipment to Ukraine amid the threat of a Russian incursion.

Tuesday saw anti-tank missiles being unloaded as part of Washington’s $200 million security package to support Kiev.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked his allies for the latest delivery.

“Javelins in Kiev! A new shipment of security aid – launchers and missiles – with a total weight of about 80 tons. We look forward to the arrival of the fourth of the great flock of birds soon,” he tweeted.

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