U.S. Citizens in Ukraine Who Aren't Diplomats Would Be Wise to Leave: Biden

President Joe Biden said it would be "wise" for U.S. citizens who are not essential diplomats to leave Ukraine as concerns remain over a potential Russian invasion of the country.

Biden, speaking Monday during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, made the recommendation for Americans to leave Ukraine in a statement that added to previous calls from the State Department for non-essential government employees to leave the country, according to the Associated Press.

Biden and Scholz met earlier Monday to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine, and in the same press conference, Biden repeated a continually threatened sanction, that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that is set to funnel natural gas from Russia into Germany will be shut down if Russia invades Ukraine.

Biden said earlier Monday that the U.S. and Germany are "working in lockstep to further deter Russian aggression in Europe."

"It's necessary for Russia to understand that a lot more could happen than they've perhaps calculated with themselves," Scholz said.

The State Department announced a travel advisory late last month that recommended Americans do not travel to Ukraine and authorized the departure of non-essential employees and families of diplomats from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. The announcement warned that if military action is taken by Russia, it's likely that the ability of the Embassy to help Americans leave the country would be affected.

Newsweek reported this week that the Ukrainian national guard and other first responders are conducting urban warfare training drills in Pripyat to prepare for any potential conflict.

French President Emmanuel Macron met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, when Macron called for de-escalation while acknowledging a larger resolution to the situation will take more than one meeting, AP reported.

Russia has consistently called for the U.S. and its allies to remove their military presence from Ukraine as well as reject Ukraine's requests to join NATO as it has continued to position tens of thousands of troops close to its border with Ukraine.

The U.S. and other NATO members have denied Putin's demands, just as Putin has denied the claims that the troops near the Ukrainian border will be used for an invasion.

Several U.S. officials have repeated their concerns that Russia could use those forces to invade Ukraine any day, while some in Ukraine have disputed it.

Last week, Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, said that preparations for a full Russian invasion would take several days and would be easily identifiable.

Danilov was also among the many foreign officials who have been critical of Germany's hesitance to provide substantial support to Ukraine, especially military support.

Update 2/7/2022, 5:35 p.m.: This story was updated with additional information.

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President Joe Biden speaks during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, not pictured, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on Monday. Biden made the recommendation for all Americans who are not essential diplomats to leave Ukraine in the coming days. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images