President Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday of “severe sanctions” if Russia invades Ukraine during their phone call on Thursday, Biden told reporters a day later.
“I made it clear to President Putin that if he makes any more moves, if he goes into Ukraine, we will have severe sanctions. We will increase our presence in Europe with our NATO allies. There will be a heavy price to pay for it,” Biden told reporters in remarks Friday from Wilmington, Del.
Asked how Putin responded, Biden said the U.S. and Russia will continue to look to resolve the conflict.
“What I got the sense of was that he has agreed that we will have three major conferences in Europe beginning in the middle of the month with our senior staff. .. .. he did not disagree with any of that. He laid out some of his concerns about NATO and United States in Europe, and we laid ours and we said we could begin to negotiate some of those issues”