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Biden sees Russia moving on Ukraine, sows doubt on Western response

Biden predicted that Russia will make a move on Ukraine, saying Moscow would pay dearly for a full-scale invasion but suggesting there could be a lower cost for a "minor incursion"

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U.S. President Joe Biden predicted on Wednesday that Russia will make a move on Ukraine, saying Russia would pay dearly for a full-scale invasion but suggesting there could be a lower cost for a "minor incursion." Biden's comments at a White House news conference injected uncertainty into how the West would respond should Russian President Vladimir Putin order an invasion of Ukraine, prompting the White House later to seek to clarify what Biden meant.

"My guess is he will move in," Biden said of Putin at a news conference. "He has to do something."

"Russia will be held accountable if it invades

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First Published: Jan 20 2022 | 11:43 AM IST

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