Biden says ‘no-one Expected Sanctions to Prevent Anything from Happening’

President Biden on Thursday said that “no-one expected” sanctions imposed on Russia in response to its incursions into Ukraine to “prevent anything from happening” — an apparent contradiction from prior White House messaging that emphasized the value of deterrence.

“No-one expected the sanctions to prevent anything from happening,” Biden said. “This could take time and we have to show resolve so he knows what’s coming and so the people of Russia know what he’s brought on them, this is what this is all about.”

“This is going to take time, it’s not going to occur…he’s gonna say ‘oh my God, these sanctions are coming, I’m gonna stand down.’”

The remarks came as he announced new sanctions on Russia in response for its invasion into Ukraine, which began early Thursday, marking the latest round of sanctions announced by the U.S.

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