President Biden stated on Monday that Russia had been planning to use chemical and biological weapons in Ukraine and threatened Russian President Vladimir Putin of severe western response if his attacks were to push through.

He said that Putin’s “back is against the wall and now he’s talking about new false flags he’s setting up including, asserting that we in America have biological as well as chemical weapons in Europe, simply not true.”

Biden warned that such an attack would prompt a “severe” reaction from the US and Western allies but did not say what specific responses these were. He went on to say that Putin did know about these severe consequences as the Russian president was well-aware of the united NATO front.

This increased concern with Russia’s usage of chemical weapons in Ukraine comes after heightened propaganda from the Kremlin and its government officials. Russia had been accusing the United States of supplying Ukraine with biological weapons. It can be remembered that Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, raised allegations that biological weapons and labs were present in Ukraine and that there was evidence to prove “direct funding and supervision of the Pentagon.”

Just last week, US officials warned that Russia might be preparing to use chemical or biological weapons as the Russian Defense Ministry accused Ukraine of planning a false-flag chemical weapon attack as justification for its own use of chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine.

Biden’s statement echoes various government officials’ stances regarding Russia’s alleged plans to use chemical and biological weapons, which had been used against Putin’s political rival Alexey Navalny. Russia was also heavily invested in protecting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons against rebels during the Syrian civil war, where nerve agents and chlorine gas were widely used.

Cheney: Chemical Weapons Should Be The “Red Line”

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo), during her appearance on NBC’s Meet The Press, stated that the US and NATO should consider the usage of chemical weapons as a “red line” if the Russians were to utilize it in their invasion of Ukraine.