President Joe Biden is no Donald Trump. He knows a cold-war enemy when he sees one. It offended his sense of patriotism when the ex-president trotted after Russian President Vladimir Putin. Unlike his predecessor, President Biden was angered when Putin put a bounty on American soldiers’ heads and invaded Crimea. No, the sitting president is more than equal to the former KGB man in Moscow.
Biden had a conversation with Putin Tuesday in his second phone call with the Russian president since January 20, 2021. The president released a White House readout of the call:
‘President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. They discussed a number of regional and global issues, including the intent of the United States and Russia to pursue a strategic stability dialogue on a range of arms control and emerging security issues.building on the extension of the New START Treaty.’
The American president was not pleased with a number of Putin’s attacks over more recent years:
‘President Biden also made clear that the United States will act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to Russia’s actions, such as cyber intrusions and election interference.’
President Biden continued, urging Russia to “de-escalate tensions:”
‘The President voiced our concerns over the sudden Russian military build-up in occupied Crimea and on Ukraine’s borders, and called on Russia to de-escalate tensions. President Biden reaffirmed his goal of building a stable and predictable relationship with Russia consistent with U.S. interests, and proposed a summit meeting in a third country in the coming months to discuss the full range of issues facing the United States and Russia.’
The two leaders talked about extending the New START nuclear arms treaty. Then, America’s president took Putin to task over the cyberattack on SolarWinds and that hack resulting in ever-expanding hacks throughout the majority of the U.S. government computer systems. President Biden also held Putin to account for interfering in the U.S. 2016 and 2020 political elections.
President Biden has taken an aggressive tac toward Ukraine, which alarmed “global watchdogs.” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said last week:
‘The United States is increasingly concerned by recent escalating Russian aggressions in eastern Ukraine, including Russian troop movements on Ukraine’s border. Russia now has more troops on the border with Ukraine than at any time since 2014. Five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed this week alone. These are all deeply concerning signs.’
Biden talked with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, too. He reaffirmed America’s support of Ukraine against Russian aggression. In 2014, Russia illegally invaded and annexed the Crimean Peninsula, claiming it for its own. As a result, President Barack Obama joined in international sanctions. That was when the Group of Eight kicked Putin out and converted itself into the Group of Seven:
‘President Biden emphasized the United States’ unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.’
Reuters reported that President Biden noted in his call with Zelensky:
‘Washington has been Ukraine’s most powerful ally since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 but ties were overshadowed by Ukraine’s unwilling involvement in events leading to the impeachment trial of Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump.’
His phone call with the Ukrainian leader lasted 30 minutes:
‘President Biden affirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbass and Crimea.’
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