US President Joe Biden appears to have undermined the unity of the alliance, saying the West’s response may not be unique if Russia makes only a small breakthrough in Ukraine, suggesting that NATO sanctions on Russia could depend on the scale of Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
“It’s one thing if it’s a small breakthrough,” Biden said. “But if they really do what the armed forces deployed along the border are capable of, then it would be a disaster for Russia,” Biden added.
CNN then quoted an unnamed source in the Ukrainian government as saying that he was shocked by the fact that US President Biden was distinguishing between limited penetration and mass incursions into the country. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reacted immediately, reminding the great powers that there are no smaller breakthroughs and small nations.
The statement raised suspicions among US allies that Washington was ready to give Putin room to maneuver to avoid a large-scale invasion. Orissia Lucevich, a Ukrainian think tank analyst at Chatham House in London, said the Geneva meeting was a chance to clarify Biden’s comments.
“We hope that Blinken will be able to clarify the uncertainty and ambiguity arising from Biden’s statements if he is allowed to do so,” Lucevic said.
Moscow has repeatedly warned the United States and the West not to arm Ukraine. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea in 2014, the United States has spent a total of $ 2.5 billion there on military equipment and training.
Leading Russian and US diplomats will meet in Geneva today to discuss growing tensions over Ukraine since a series of meetings between officials on both sides have so far yielded no results.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov will try to ease tensions with Ukraine.