President Biden called for Russia's removal from the G20 group of major economies.
WHITE HOUSE officials are increasingly worried that Russian President Vladimir Putin may lash out as Russian troops find themselves bogged down in Ukraine and sanctions begin to bite. Senior officials said Putin's tendency when boxed in is to escalate rather than back down. Their view is that the Russian leader's choices could include the blanket bombing of Ukrainian cities, or the use of chemical or even tactical nuclear weapons. In other news, Biden called for Russia's removal from the G20; Europe rejected Putin's demand for natural gas payments in rubles; and NATO called on China not to send military aid to Russia.