Brussels – President Biden has said that the United States will retaliate if Russia uses chemical weapons in Ukraine, following a meeting with NATO leaders to resolve new measures. Assist Ukraine in the monthly war.
“We will respond. We will respond if he uses it,” Mr Biden told a news conference when asked about the possible response if he were Russian president.
Uses chemical weapons in Ukraine. “The nature of the response depends on the nature of the application,” he said.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization Emergency Summit Last month Mr. To help Ukraine defend itself against the offensive launched by Putin, Mr. This is the first time in a day’s meetings that Biden has planned.
He said he believed Russia should be removed from the group of 20 major economies. If that is not possible, he said, Ukraine should be allowed to attend meetings and pay attention. The G-20 summit is set to take place this fall in Bali, Indonesia.
Russian forces facing Unexpectedly strong and deadly resistance From the Ukrainian forces, Western leaders Mr. NATO officials Staggering with the question of Whatever actions Russia takes will be considered a red line, which will trigger the direct involvement of the coalition.
“The allies agreed to provide equipment to help protect Ukraine against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said after the summit. This includes equipment to detect and protect against such weapons, as well as medical support and sanitation equipment, he said.
He said NATO has also activated chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense forces. “We are taking two steps to support Ukraine and to protect ourselves,” he said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky addressed NATO leaders and asked for further support, lamenting that the answers never came.
“You have at least 20,000 tanks! Ukraine asked for a percentage, give us 1% of all your tanks or sell! But we still do not have a clear answer. The worst thing about the war is that there are no clear answers to calls for help, ”he said.
According to senior Biden executives, he has not renewed his appeal for NATO membership or non-flying territory. Mr. Zelensky later addressed the leaders of the Group of Seven Leading Industrial Countries.
“We are determined to do everything we can to support Ukraine,” he said. Stoltenberg said his order was extended until 2023 in the midst of the crisis. He also reaffirmed the coalition ‘open door policy to welcome new members. Moscow has long been pushing for the possibility of countries near its borders joining the Western alliance.
NATO is running on a tightrope in providing arms and other support to Ukraine. Without drawing directly In the fight. Mr. Stoltenberg said, such as establishing NATO’s direct involvement Area that can not be flown over UkraineThe war could pose a greater risk of escalation.
In his remarks at the NATO meeting, he emphasized the need to strengthen the eastern part of the coalition.
NATO leaders also agreed to deploy war groups — combat-ready troops — in the east, doubling their numbers to eight.
The possibility of Russia’s use of chemical weapons was raised during the talks between NATO leaders, officials said, adding that the coalition recognized the need to continue to prepare and respond to various contingencies.
The accidental exit of chemical agents makes some members anxious. “We are concerned about the shelling of chemical plants and similar facilities by Russian occupying forces,” said Slovenian Prime Minister Jansz Jansa ahead of the NATO summit. “It’s going to be a big disaster.”
Officials said the Allies had also raised the need to call on China not to support Russia in its war against Ukraine.
Arriving in Brussels on Wednesday, Mr. Biden was also scheduled to meet with G-7 leaders and EU leaders. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are in Brussels for a meeting.
Senior Biden officials and G-7 leaders will discuss the economic impact of the conflict and announce an agreement to coordinate sanctions enforcement. The United States has imposed a new round of sanctions on more than 400 political figures, oligarchs and security agencies.
According to U.S. officials, Mr. Members of the Russian State Duma, The lower house of parliament, as well as 17 board members of the Russian financial institution Sovcombank; Hermann Greff, longtime Putin adviser to Sberbank; And elite Russian businessman Gennady Timchenko. The White House said 48 large Russian state-owned security companies would be part of the new round of sanctions.
The White House said the G-7 and the EU would announce a new initiative aimed at preventing Russia from embarking on existing sanctions. An example, US officials said, was that the Russian central bank would close the aisles on the ruble.
On Thursday, Lithuanian President Kitanas Nousada, Mr. He said sanctions should be imposed on Russia’s middle class, amid signs that popular support for Putin may increase.
During a meeting with the European Council of EU National Leaders, Mr. Biden plans to pledge more than $ 1 billion in new funding. Addressing humanitarian needs Senior executives say the conflict in Ukraine has resulted in severe impacts around the world, including a significant increase in food insecurity.
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– Catherine Lucy contributed to this article.
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