Biden Agrees to Meet With Putin if Russia Attack of Ukraine Doesn't Happen

The White House announced Sunday evening that President Joe Biden is willing to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin if an invasion of the Ukraine hasn't taken place. The press secretary said an invasion by Russia isn't out of the question, though.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Sunday night that Biden has agreed to meet Putin to try and resolve the Russia-Ukraine border crisis.

"As the President has repeatedly made clear, we are committed to pursuing diplomacy until the moment an invasion begins," Psaki said in a statement.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is scheduled to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday for a diplomatic solution, and Biden has already "accepted in principle a meeting with President Putin following that engagement, again, if an invasion hasn't happened."

"We are always ready for diplomacy. We are also ready to impose swift and severe consequences should Russia instead choose war," Psaki said. "And currently, Russia appears to be continuing preparations for a full-scale assault on Ukraine very soon."

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin
U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands as Swiss President Guy Parmelin (R) looks on during the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange on June 16, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. Biden is meeting his Russian counterpart, Putin, for the first time as president in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Peter Klaunzer - Pool/Keystone via Getty Images

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