Biden says Putin could face sanctions over Ukraine

US President Joe Biden has said he would consider imposing economic sanctions personally targeting Vladimir Putin if the Russian president orders a new attack on Ukraine.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged European allies to have sanctions ready to go if Russia invades Ukraine.

“We have a hard-hitting package of sanctions ready to go and what I think it would be fair to say is we want to see our European friends ready to deploy that package as soon as there should be any incursion at all by Russia into Ukraine,” Johnson said in a statement to parliament on Tuesday.

Russia has massed some 100,000 troops within reach of Ukraine’s border, but denies planning an invasion. Instead, it has cited the Western response to its military buildup as evidence that Russia is the target of aggression.On Monday, Washington put 8,500 troops on heightened alert for possible deployment to Eastern Europe, potentially at very short notice, and other NATO member states moved to boost their security presence in the region. Moscow hit back at that move, saying the United States was escalating tensions.

US says it incorporates Ukraine feedback in written response to Russian demands

The US has solicited Ukraine’s feedback and incorporated it into its written response to Russia’s security demands, a US State Department spokesperson has said.

Biden: Attack on Ukraine could be ‘largest invasion’ since WWII

A Russian incursion into Ukraine could become the “largest invasion” since World War II given the massive troop presence near the border, according to Biden.

Such an event would “change the world,” he told reporters.

Biden warned that Putin “continues to build forces along Ukraine’s border from Belarus”.

Belarus strengthening forces at Ukrainian border: Lukashenko

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said that upcoming joint drills with Russia will help to determine positions for deploying more Belarusian troops at the border with Ukraine.

Speaking during a state awards ceremony, Lukashenko said Belarus is strengthening its military forces at the border with Ukraine.

“I was forced do it, because the situation on the border with Ukraine is not better than it’s on the border with Poland,” he said.

Putin meeting with Italy business elite to go ahead

A meeting between Putin and the heads of some of Italy’s top companies to boost business ties between the two countries is set to go ahead on Wednesday, despite rising tensions over Ukraine.

The meeting, originally scheduled for November, will be via a video link and feature top managers at companies like energy group Eni power giant Enel and lender UniCredit.

“Italy is one of the leading exporters to Russia and the idea is to stimulate dialogue between the sides,” one of the organisers said, confirming the event.

US plane brings Javelin missiles and launchers to Ukraine

A US plane carrying Javelin anti-tank missiles, launchers and other military hardware has landed in Kyiv, the third shipment of a $200m security package.

“Javelins in Kyiv! A new cargo of security aid – launchers & missiles – with a total weight of about 80 tons. We expect the arrival of the 4th from the big flock of birds soon,” Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov tweeted.

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