1/19, 10:41 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Biden: Ukraine not likely to join NATO in near term

United States President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that Ukraine is not likely to join NATO in the "near term."

Biden insisted Ukraine still has "much to do" in terms of democracy before the alliance would be willing to accept it as a member.

The president noted that the US is not planning to withdraw its troops from Eastern Europe and stressed it would increase the presence of its military presence in Poland and Romania if Russia invades Ukraine as it has to support fellow NATO allies. He continued to warn Russian President Vladimir Putin that attacking Ukraine would "hurt him badly" but noted he believes Russia will "move in" on its neighboring country.

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