Biden warns Russia Nato will respond if it uses chemical weapons

By Rek Hanibal Published on March 25, 2022
Biden warns Russia Nato will respond if it uses chemical weapons

Mr Biden travels to Poland on Friday, where more than two million Ukrainians have fled from the fighting.

Asked whether the use of chemical weapons by Russia's Vladimir Putin would prompt a military response from Nato, Mr Biden replied that it "would trigger a response in kind".

"We would respond if he uses it. The nature of the response would depend on the nature of the use," he said.

UK Prime Minister. In contrast, Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has made it clear it would result in severe consequences.

The White House has set up a national security team to examine how the US and its allies should react if Russia launched a chemical attack. But there is no suggestion Nato would respond by using chemical weapons.

Mr Biden has previously stressed the US and Nato would not send troops to Ukraine over fears of a direct military confrontation with Russia.

The president was speaking after an emergency meeting of Nato leaders to debate how to respond to the possible use of weapons of mass destruction, as well as military aid for Ukraine and stricter sanctions on Moscow.

"The most important thing is to stay united," the president said after the summit.

Mr Biden is expected to announce a significant deal with the EU on liquified natural gas to reduce Europe's reliance on Russian energy.

The agreement would see Washington provide the EU with at least 15 billion additional cubic metres of the fuel by the end of the year.

Four new Nato battlegroups are being deployed to Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria.

The president also said he would support calls for Russia's expulsion from the G20 group of wealthy nations. But he said that would depend on the views of other members.

After a meeting with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on Friday morning, Mr Biden will head to Poland. The president will travel to the city of Rszeszów, close to the border with Ukraine, where he will meet Ukrainian refugees.

Mr Biden has announced the US would take in up to 100,000 Ukrainians and provide an additional $1bn (£756m) in food, medicine, water and other supplies.

 

 

Rek Hanibal

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