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CBS’s Margaret Brennan says Russia-Ukraine conflict is ‘personal’ for Biden since leading Ukraine policy as vice president


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CBS News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Margaret Brennan suggested that the pressure President Biden is facing during the escalating conflict between Russia and Ukraine has deep roots.

Brennan appeared on “CBS Evening News” Friday moments after Biden addressed the nation to inform Americans that Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to invade Ukraine.

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She began by addressing the global implications, warning that authoritarian nations like China could “take a page” from Russia’s playbook and echoed the president’s sentiment that Putin’s intention is to “reshape the world.” ‘Europe”.

WASHINGTON – FEBRUARY 5: Margaret Brennan, FACE THE NATION moderator and senior foreign affairs correspondent. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
(Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)

“And in many ways, that’s personal for President Biden,” Brennan said. “It was under his leadership in 2014, when he was vice-president, that he led Ukrainian politics, and that’s when Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea, a part of southern Ukraine, and fueled the fighting in Ukraine. east of the country. And he didn’t pay full price for it.”

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“So the concern now is that Vladimir Putin may not stop there. What happens next will definitely have an impact on the global economy. It could potentially create millions of refugees. And it could eventually cost thousands of lives,” Brennan added.

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Following his remarks, a reporter asked Biden if he had “any indication” whether or not Putin had decided to invade Ukraine.

“From this point on, I’m confident he made the decision. We have reason to believe him,” Biden replied.

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