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Biden: If Russia invades Ukraine, I could personally sanction Putin

Tensions remain high after NATO said on Monday it was putting its forces on alert and sending more warships and planes to Eastern Europe in response to Russia’s military build-up on the border with Ukraine.

Russia, which has denied any involvement in the attack, said it was monitoring the situation with “grave concern”. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated Moscow’s statement that the crisis was caused by US and NATO action, not the Russian military.

Biden reiterated that he had no plans to send US troops to non-NATO Ukraine, but said he would consider imposing direct sanctions on Putin and that there would be “major consequences” if Russia invaded Ukraine.

Journalists asked Biden if he would personally sanction Putin if he invaded. “Yes,” said the US president. “I can imagine that.”

An American plane with military equipment and ammunition landed in Kiev today, the third shipment of the $ 200 million package that arrived in Ukraine.

In Washington, senior Biden officials said the United States was negotiating with major energy suppliers and producing countries around the world to provide alternative deliveries to Europe in the event of a Russian attack on Ukraine.

Officials did not name which countries or companies should provide uninterrupted power supplies to Europe by the end of the winter, but said there were a number of suppliers, including those selling liquefied natural gas.

“We are working to provide additional quantities of non-Russian natural gas from all over the world, from North Africa to the Middle East and the United States,” said a senior US official.

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