Biden administration considering options for possibly evacuating US citizens from Ukraine if Russia invades – CNN

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The Biden administration is examining possibilities for an eventual removal of US citizens from Ukraine in the event that Russia would decide to attack Ukraine and cause a serious security crisis, half a dozen sources have told CNN.The contingency plan is directed by the Pentagon sources say that it is happening when the administration briefs Congress on the manner in which the US is making preparations. In an “gloomy” briefing to senators by top State Department official Victoria Nuland on Monday night, Nuland explained the strict sanctions plan which the administration is working on in response to a possible Russian attack, while acknowledging that the US options to stop the threat of an attack are quite limited an individual who was who attended the briefing told.It’s unclear if Russian president Vladimir Putin has made the decision to invade Ukraine, US officials said. However, he has enough forces, equipment and supplies close to the border of Ukraine to be ready to strike on in a short time.

In a video conference that was secure, Tuesday, President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for roughly two hours amid increasing tensions between the two countries.

The White House said Biden voiced “deep concerns” that the U.S. and its European allies share about the military presence of Russia on the Ukrainian border.

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The president also “made clear that the U.S. and our Allies would respond with strong economic and other measures in the event of military escalation,” according to the White House statement.

In April this year, members of the European Parliament signed a nonbinding resolution to remove Russia out of the banking system should it decide to invade Ukraine.

The U.S. has not officially declared a position on the resolution, however sources have told Fox News that Russia would regard any action taken made by this United States as an act of “economic warfare.”

“President Biden reiterated his support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and called for de-escalation and a return to diplomacy,” the White House said in a statement after the meeting.

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