Biden: There won't be "American forces moving into Ukraine"
President Joe Biden told reporters Tuesday that he does not foresee U.S. troops moving into Ukraine.
Why it matters: Biden's comments come as tensions between Russia and Ukraine persist, and a Russian invasion of Ukraine appears increasingly likely.
- Earlier this week, the Pentagon announced that 8,500 U.S. troops have been placed on "heightened preparedness to deploy" to assist NATO if necessary.
What he's saying: "There is not going to be any American forces moving into Ukraine," Biden said.
- He added that the decision to put troops on high alert is "not provocative" but intended to reassure the U.S.' allies.
- "We have no intention of putting American forces, or NATO forces, in Ukraine. But as I said, there will be serious economic consequences if he moves," he added, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Asked if he could see himself personally sanctioning Putin in the case of an invasion, Biden replied, "Yes...I would see that."