The US president admitted that the conflict over Ukraine could become a struggle for endurance between Russia and Europe. He said: “I think at some point there will be a bit of a wait – what the Russians can handle and what Europe will be ready to handle.”
On Tuesday, the United States slammed the Kremlin as “appalling” for suggesting that two American citizens captured while fighting for Ukraine against the Russian invasion could be executed.
John Kirby, a White House spokesman, spoke to reporters after the Kremlin spokesman said the pair were not protected by the Geneva Prisoner of War Conventions.
He said: “It is appalling that an official in Russia is even proposing the death penalty for two American citizens who were in Ukraine.
Mr. Kirby, the White House foreign policy spokesman, said the Kremlin was being at least reckless with the comments.
He said: “Whether they actually mean what they’re saying here, and that could be an outcome, that they could put the death penalty on two Americans who were fighting in Ukraine, or they just think it’s is a responsible thing for a great power to do, to talk about doing this… either is equally alarming.
The United States and its allies have found unity on sanctions and the supply of successive arms packages, but many European countries remain heavily dependent on Russian energy, with natural gas needs expected to increase in winter.
The State Department confirmed on Tuesday that a second American had been killed, identifying the man as 52-year-old Stephen Zabielski and again issuing the now almost daily plea to American citizens to stay away .
A State Department spokesperson said, “We reiterate once again that U.S. citizens should not travel to Ukraine due to the active armed conflict and the singling out of U.S. citizens in Ukraine by law enforcement officials. security of the Russian government.”
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