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Joe Biden warns Russia that invading Ukraine 'would be a war of choice'

President Joe Biden said that the US is continuing diplomatic efforts with Russia to deescalate tensions at the border with Ukraine and told Russians, ‘you are not our enemy’.

Speaking from the White House on Tuesday afternoon, Biden told Russia that if it decides to move forward with invading Ukraine, it ‘would be a war of choice’.

‘The US and Nato are not a threat to Russia. Ukraine is not threatening Russia. Neither the US nor Nato have missiles in Ukraine,’ Biden said. ‘We do not, do not have plans to put them there as well. We’re not targeting the people of Russia. We do not seek to destabilize Russia.’

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Biden said the US has not verified a report that Russian military forces have begun leaving their positions at the border with Ukraine.

‘That would be good but we have not yet verified that. We have not yet verified the Russian military units are returning to their home bases,’ Biden said. ‘Indeed our analysts indicate that they still remain very much in a threatening position.’

With 100,000 Russian troops are presumably still in position to invade, Biden appealed to Russia to step back.

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