President Joe Biden arrived in Brussels on Wednesday to hold urgent meetings this week with NATO members, the G-7 and the European Union as Russia’s unprovoked invasion into Ukraine reaches the one-month mark.
Over 35 nations gathered in the Belgian capital to discuss ways to shore up NATO troop rotations in allied countries in the region’s south-eastern flank. NATO leaders are expected to deliberate on troops, sanctions and other measures to help war-torn Ukraine and to bring Russian President Vladimir Putin to heel.
International news outlet CNBC reported, while quoting experts, that Moscow would look towards new ways to strike Kyiv as its death tolls crossed 7,000 with nothing to show for it. The outlet said that Russia may also target Ukraine’s backers beyond the frontiers.
International magazine Time reported that the White House was concerned Russia may employ weapons of mass destruction causing an astronomical civilian death toll. Responding to a question before the US president left for Brussels, Biden said that the possibility that Russia may use chemical weapons in Ukraine was a real threat.
News outlet NPR said that Biden had prepared to a fresh batch of sanctions to be imposed on Russian political figures, oligarchs and entities, which would be announced on Thursday. It added that the US president would also target Moscow’s efforts to evade the existing sanctions placed on the country.