- We’re coping with one of many largest armies in the world, says Biden.
- It is a very completely different scenario and issues may go loopy rapidly, US president says.
- Washington-Moscow tensions are at their highest because the Chilly Conflict.
Washington: US President Joe Biden on Thursday urged American citizens to depart Ukraine instantly, and warned about potential main battle with Moscow ought to US and Russian troops have interaction one another on the bottom.
“American citizens should leave, should leave now,” Biden mentioned in an interview with NBC Information.
“We’re dealing with one of the largest armies in the world. This is a very different situation and things could go crazy quickly,” the president mentioned.
Biden additionally reiterated that by no means would he ship US troops to Ukraine, even to rescue Americans in case of a Russian invasion.
“That’s a world war. When Americans and Russians start shooting one another, we’re in a very different world,’ he said.
Washington-Moscow tensions are at their highest since the Cold War, with some US estimates saying some 130,000 Russian soldiers are grouped in dozens of combat brigades near the border with Ukraine.
Western leaders have been conducting shuttle diplomacy in an effort to ease frayed nerves. But Biden’s comments — and the State Department also on Thursday renewing its warning for Americans citizens to leave — are almost certain to ramp up tensions anew.
Biden however dismissed the scenario of having to rescue Americans in Ukraine, saying “how do you even find them?”
“What I’m hoping is that if (Russian President Vladimir Putin) is foolish enough to go in, he’s smart enough not to in fact do anything that would negatively impact American citizens.”
Biden mentioned he wouldn’t have to inform that to Putin, including: “he knows that.”