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Biden meets with G7 and addresses the United States on its response to Russia

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with G7 allies on Thursday to issue new sanctions against Russia after Russia invades Ukraine and warns the United States that it will cause “catastrophic loss of life” later. I plan to talk to the people.

A virtual private meeting of G7 leaders from the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States will begin at 9 am (1400 GMT) and will be addressed by Biden’s White House. Afternoon.

For weeks, when Russia piled up tens of thousands of troops and heavy weapons on the Ukrainian border, Biden tried to create a package of what Washington said was “unprecedented” sanctions as a deterrent, NATO. And has led other European allies.

Now that deterrence has ceased to work, efforts to bring real pain to Russia’s already volatile economy could grow rapidly.

“The United States and its allies and partners will unite and respond in a decisive way. The world is Russia,” Biden said in his first comment in Washington late Wednesday after Russian missiles began to rain on Ukraine. Will be responsible for it. “

Biden also said he called his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, and then promised to “provide support and support to Ukraine and the people of Ukraine.”

The US president said Zelensky had demanded that Putin’s “violent attack” “call on world leaders to speak out.”

Western nations took action on Tuesday after Putin first announced that he would send troops as “peacekeepers” to two smaller areas already dominated by Moscow-backed separatists.

The US government has joined the European allies in imposing sanctions on two Russian banks, Moscow’s sovereign debt, some oligarchy and other measures.

And on Wednesday, Biden announced that it was imposing sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, as the Russian invaders were clearly ready for the attack-the most energetic Moscow. One of the famous geopolitical projects.

Germany had previously announced that it would prevent the pipeline from starting delivery.

U.S. officials say new sanctions will include bans on exports of other larger banks, more oligarchs closer to Putin, and, decisively, high-tech equipment and components to Russia. .. Of these measures, the number of measures announced on Thursday was unclear.

Some measures also carry the risk of a serious economic downturn for Western countries and could hinder the recovery of the global economy after the Covid pandemic. The stock market has already plummeted and oil prices have skyrocketed above $ 100 a barrel.

-“Death and Destruction”-

Immediately after the Russian attack began, senators from both parties expressed support for a harsh response.

“Tonight, the entire post-World War international order is at stake. Unless Putin pays a devastating price for this breach, our own security will soon be at stake.” Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said.

“President Biden has already imposed the first tranche of sanctions, and it’s time to raise the level of pain for the Kremlin,” said Senator Mark Warner, another Democrat.

The Russians “will pay a lot of money for Putin’s reckless ambitions in the blood and financial harm,” he said.

Republican senator Mitt Romney warned against “the danger of turning away from Putin’s tyranny again” and urged “the most severe economic penalties” and “exile them from the world’s system.”

In a statement, Biden said, “There is a worldwide prayer tonight with Ukrainians suffering from provocative and unjustified attacks by Russian troops. President Putin plans to bring catastrophic losses to humans and lives. I chose a war. I suffer. “

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