Biden: This Would Be ‘World War III’
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President Joe Biden stressed that the U.S. and NATO allies would not fight Russia on the ground in Ukraine, saying it would “World War III.”
“We’re going to continue to stand together with our allies in Europe and send an unmistakable message. We will defend every single inch of NATO territory with the full might of the united and galvanized NATO,” Biden said after announcing additional sanctions on Russia on Friday.
“We will not fight a war against Russia in Ukraine. Direct conflict between NATO and Russia is World War III, something we must strive to prevent.”
The Biden administration has remained consistent that they have no intention of sending American troops into Ukraine to fight Russia, warning that doing so would lead to war with another nuclear power.
“The President and our NATO partners have not changed their assessment about their plans to send U.S. troops in,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday.
Recently, several reports have asked if Russia using chemical weapons would trigger a U.S. military response.
Biden said Russia would pay a “severe price” if it were to carry out a chemical weapons attack.