President Joe Biden maintained he won’t send American troops to Ukraine, but if Russian President Vladimir Putin expands his military aggression to a NATO ally, the American military may be forced to respond.
Biden announced in December that he wasn’t planning on sending troops to Ukraine, focusing his attention on sanctions aimed at crippling Russia’s economy. However, many believe Putin’s ambitions go far beyond Ukraine in an effort to restore the Soviet Union, a goal that could pull the rest of the world into the conflict.
During the State of the Union on Tuesday, Biden reaffirmed his commitment to Ukraine, chastising Putin for underestimating the world’s resolve to defend Ukraine. While he vowed to hold Putin accountable, he said support for Ukraine will not mean sending in American troops as reinforcements.