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Biden rules out U.S. troops in Ukraine as Putin masses forces

Summit fails to ease tensions despite sanctions threat

U.S. President Joe Biden, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two men spoke in a virtual summit on Dec. 7. (Source photos by AP)

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW -- U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday that sending American troops to defend Ukraine if Russia invades is "not on the table," underscoring Washington's limited deterrence options against Moscow.

This followed Tuesday's virtual summit between Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which Biden said he told Putin there would be "economic consequences like none he's ever seen or ever have been seen" in response to an invasion.

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