President Joe Biden said the United States “would respond” if Russia deployed chemical weapons in Ukraine, though he declined to explain what that response could include.
Biden was asked Thursday if the United States and NATO would respond militarily if Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the use of chemical weapons in Ukraine. Biden promised a response, but hedged on whether the response would include the U.S. military or other NATO forces.
“We would respond. We would respond if he uses it. The nature of the response would depend on the nature of the use,” Biden said.
The U.S. and NATO have already dropped heavy sanctions on Russia, including on its lucrative energy sector, though thus far the U.S. has refrained from cutting off Russia’s uranium trade. Russia is one of the top uranium producers in the world and supplies. About half of the uranium used in U.S. nuclear plants is supplied by Russia and its allies Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
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