Perth USAsia Centre CEO Gordon Flake says the task US President Joe Biden faces is to prove to the Russians they are not the previous administration nor are they “even the Biden administration”.

“Their ability to get the Europeans onside together to promise some really, really robust economic penalising sanctions I think maybe have got the Russians to pay attention,” he told Sky News Australia.

Mr Flake said the world was “in a tough spot” amid skirmishes threatening to break out between Russia and the Ukraine, “cross strait conflict” between China and Taiwan, and a democratic crisis in the US.

“Those three crises are coming together at the same time so not an easy season,” he said.

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