President Joe Biden attended an emergency NATO summit from the White House Situation Room on Friday morning to coordinate next steps with Western allies as Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

In a speech on Thursday, Biden stated that NATO would meet to “affirm our solidarity and map out the next steps we will take to further strengthen all aspects of our NATO alliance.”

He also announced increased sanctions to correspond with Russia’s increased aggression, but not the full economic punishment demanded by Ukraine and others, and none on Putin himself, though he did say that option was being considered “It’s not a ruse. It’s up for discussion.”

“He has much larger ambitions than Ukraine,” Biden warned of Russian President Vladimir Putin. “In fact, he wishes to reestablish the former Soviet Union.” That is the point of this. And I believe his ambitions are diametrically opposed to where the rest of the world has arrived.”

When asked why the United States hasn’t gone further with sanctions, Biden said that some decisions must be made in concert with European allies, implying that more sanctions may follow Friday’s NATO meeting of the 30 member countries.

“The sanctions that we propose on all of their banks have the same, if not greater, impact than SWIFT, number one.” Second, it is always an option, but right now, that is not the position that the rest of Europe wishes to take,” Biden said, referring to an international messaging system that allows large financial institutions to send money to one another.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg delivered public remarks at the start of the meeting and will hold a news conference at the end, which will be live-streamed on ABC News Live.

“Russia has shattered the peace on the European continent,” he said to begin. “What we have been warning about for months has come true, despite our best efforts to find a diplomatic solution.” Moscow is solely responsible for the premeditated, cold-blooded, and long-planned invasion.”

NATO, according to Stoltenberg, condemns Russia’s aggression “in the strongest possible terms” and urges Russia to “immediately cease its military action.”

“We stand in solidarity with Ukraine’s valiant people. We fully support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as its right to self-defense and the freedom to chart its own course “He continued.

On Thursday, Biden reiterated that US troops would not be involved in the fight against Russia in Ukraine, but he did announce that he will deploy more forces to Germany, including some of the 8,500 troops in the US on “heightened alert,” and that he is open to sending additional troops elsewhere in Europe.

“Our forces are not going to Europe to fight in Ukraine, but to defend and reassure our NATO allies in the east,” Biden said. “As I have stated repeatedly, the United States will defend every square inch of NATO territory with the full force of American power.”

Throughout the crisis, Biden has maintained that the United States is acting to fulfill a responsibility to defend NATO allies – and democracy around the world.

“America takes a stand against bullies,” Biden said on Thursday. “We take a stand for liberty. We are who we are.”