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President Biden and Putin meet during the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange on June 16, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland (Photo by Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via Getty Images)

Russia is increasing its military presence at Ukraine’s borders. In response, President Biden says the United States would impose new sanctions if Russia takes further military action.

  • Steven Pifer, nonresident senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, said that in a phone call last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Biden laid out costs for Russia if the country’s military pushes into Ukraine and also pointed out a path to dialogue.
  • Pifer said Russia’s concern about losing Ukraine, with increased Ukrainian interest in joining an institution like the European Union, is motivating Russia’s actions.
  • He said the proposed U.S. sanctions would likely be significantly more painful for Russia than what is in place today and that meetings next week may reveal the impact of conversations between Biden and Putin.

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