"We need to be tough in our response, so the sanctions that we will propose will be large-scale, they will be aimed at ‘strangling’ the economic functioning of Russia - banking, financial measures, measures against technology transfer, industrial, export measures," Le Drian told the TF1 broadcaster.
"I have no plans to talk with Putin," Biden said during a press conference, as he announced new sanctions on Moscow.
"Today, within hours of Russia unleashing its assault, NATO came together and authorized an activation response plan. This will enable NATO’s high-readiness forces to deploy when and where they’re needed to protect our NATO allies on the eastern boundaries of Europe. And now I’m authorizing additional US force capabilities to deploy to Germany as part of NATO’s response, including some US-based forces that the Department of Defense placed on standby weeks ago," Biden said.
"Our forces are not and will not be engaged in a conflict with Russia in Ukraine. Our forces are not going to Europe to fight in Ukraine, but to defend our NATO allies and reassure those allies in the east," President Joe Biden said on Thursday during a press briefing.
"This morning, I met with my G7 counterparts to discuss President [Vladimir] Putin’s unjustified attack on Ukraine and we agreed to move forward on devastating packages of sanctions and other economic measures to hold Russia to account", Biden said via Twitter.