The Biden administration will announce an additional sweeping sanctions package that includes a ban on all new investment in Russia, Russian banks and state-owned enterprises, additional sanctions on Russian government officials and family members.
President Biden called for a war crimes trial against Russian President Vladimir Putin following graphic images emerging of “outrageous” atrocities of civilian massacres allegedly carried out by Russian forces in Ukraine.
President Joe Biden on Wednesday called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal,” marking the first time in public the president has publicly branded his Russian counterpart since Moscow launched a continued assault in the invasion of Ukraine almost three weeks ago.
The Pentagon has placed 8,500 U.S. military troops on “heightened alert” for potential deployment as the U.S. prepares to deploy to Europe to aid NATO amid rising fears of Russia ratcheting up its aggressive tension for a possible invasion of Ukraine.
President Biden prepared long and hard for Wednesday’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, assembling a group of Russia experts — including former Trump officials who reportedly helped briefed the commander-in-chief to be ready ahead of the showdown.
President Biden spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, the first phone call between the two leaders since Biden became president last week, the White House confirmed.