Joe Biden Says Russia Will Pay ‘Severe Price’ If They Utilize Chemical Weapons
On Friday, President Joe Biden sent a warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin, stating that his country would pay a “severe price” if they used chemical weapons during their invasion of Ukraine.
“I’m not going to speak about the intelligence … but Russia would pay a severe price if they use chemical weapons,” Biden went on to say after he was asked whether the U.S. would have a military response if Russia launched an attack using nuclear weapons.
Something of that nature is fairly severe and would surely get a military response from more than just the United States. Such an action would likely launch us into World War III. That would be pretty bad for Russia overall, so it seems that it is unlikely this course of action would be taken.
Then again, with Putin, who knows?
Biden spoke at the end of a press briefing in which he announced that the U.S. will downgrade dramatically its trade status with Russia as punishment for its invasion of Ukraine and also ban imports of Russian seafood, alcohol, and diamonds.
The Biden administration warned Wednesday that Russia might seek to use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine as the White House rejected Russian claims of illegal chemical weapons development in the country it has invaded.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also has warned that Russia could unleash a biological or chemical weapons attack against Ukraine.
“Important Warning. In 2018 [Russia’s President Vladimir] Putin used propaganda war to blame rebels for [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad’s chemical weapons attacks,” Rubio, who serves as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, posted in a tweet March 3.
“High probability he could carry out real or staged biological/chemical attacks in Ukraine & blame it on NATO or Ukrainian forces,” the senator continued.
Maria Zakharova, Russia’s Foregin Ministry spokeswoman, stated earlier this week, without having any evidence, that Ukraine was running chemical and biological weapons labs in its territory, which were being supported by the U.S.
“White House press secretary Jen Psaki called Russia’s claim ‘preposterous’ and said it could be part of an attempt by Russia to lay the groundwork for itself using such weapons of mass destruction against Ukraine,” the Newsmax report continued.
During a press briefing on Thursday, Psaki was asked whether the use of chemical weapons by Russia in Ukraine would result in military action being taken by the United States.
“I’m not going to get into hypotheticals,” Psaki responded. “What we’re saying right now is they have the capacity and the capabilities. I’m also not going to get into intelligence. But the president’s intention of sending U.S. military to fight in Ukraine against Russia has not changed.”