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Biden says U.S. would ‘respond’ to Russia if Putin uses chemical or biological weapons

President Joe Biden said Thursday NATO would respond “in kind” if Russia uses weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine.

“We will respond if he uses it,” Biden said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin. “The nature of the response depends on the nature of the use.”

Biden also said he would support an effort to expel Russia from the G-20 group of economies.

Biden that NATO allies had accomplished all three of his major goals in Brussels Thursday.

“First, to support Ukraine with military and humanitarian assistance. Second was to impose the most significant most significant economic sanctions regime ever, in order to cripple Putin’s economy and punish him for his actions. Third, was to fortify the eastern flank of our NATO allies who were obviously very, very concerned and somewhat worried what would happen,” Biden said.

Biden spoke following a marathon of summit meetings with the European Union, G-7 partners and NATO allies.

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