U.S. President Joe Biden has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that he will not get away with seizing Ukrainian lands, the AP reported.
Biden said his administration would support any attempt by Ukraine to retake the annexed territories by force, setting the stage for further military action.
America and its allies will not be intimidated by Putin and his reckless words and threats, Biden told reporters. He added that Putin cannot invade his neighbor's territory and go unpunished.
"America is fully prepared with our NATO allies to defend every single inch of NATO territory. Every single inch. So Mr. Putin, don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. Every inch," Biden said.
Earlier in the St. George's Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace there was a ceremony to sign treaties on the accession of four new territories to the Russian Federation.
A number of Western countries said that they would not recognize the results of the referendums, and the United States and Great Britain have already expanded sanctions against Russia in connection with this.