He said: “Putin is the aggressor; Putin chose this war and now he and his country will bear the consequences.
“Russian military began a brutal assault on the people of Ukraine without provocation, without justification.
“This is a premeditated attack.
“Putin’s aggression against Ukraine will end up costing Russia dearly economically and strategically.
“We will make sure of that.
“Putin will be a pariah on the international stage.”
According to Sky News, the US troops being sent to Germany are part of a larger contingent that had already been put on alert earlier this year.
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The assets of Russian banks in the US such as VTB will also be frozen.