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Biden warns Putin of NATO purple strains

The US is able to defend “every single inch” of NATO territory, the American chief mentioned

US President Joe Biden on Friday immediately addressed his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, urging him to not “misunderstand” that Washington and NATO are able to defend “every single inch” of NATO territory.

Biden’s remarks got here as a response to a speech that Putin delivered earlier on Friday earlier than signing treaties paving the way in which for 4 former Ukrainian areas to affix Russia, a transfer the US and its allies condemned within the strongest of phrases.

“America is fully prepared with our NATO allies to defend every single inch of NATO territory. Mr. Putin, don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. Every inch,” Biden mentioned with out elaborating about which particular statements by the Russian chief he was responding to. In his speech Putin, amongst different issues, blamed the US for creating “a precedent” through the use of nuclear weapons towards Japan in 1945.

Speaking on the White House, the US president pressured that Putin’s “reckless words and threats” wouldn’t intimidate America and its allies.

“Putin’s actions are a sign he’s struggling,” Biden mentioned. He was referring to referendums that resulted within the launch of the formal accession course of for the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, in addition to Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions.

“The United States is never going to recognize this. And quite frankly, the world’s not going to recognize it either,” Biden mentioned, including that Putin “can’t seize his neighbor’s territory and get away with it.”

The US president’s assertion marks one more spherical of mutual warnings between Russia and the West. 

Last week, the Russian president mentioned that his nation is now preventing “the entire military machine of the collective West” and emphasised  that if wanted Moscow “will certainly make use of all weapon systems available” to guard its territorial integrity and its folks. 

Moscow additionally made it clear that, as soon as the previous Ukrainian areas turn into a part of Russia, it’ll think about Kiev’s army assaults on them as acts of aggression towards the Russian Federation.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, in the meantime, warned Russia of “severe consequences” if it makes use of nuclear weapons on Ukraine. He has additionally mentioned on a number of events that NATO wouldn’t tolerate any assault on “allied sovereignty or territorial integrity.”

While Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky admitted in March that Kiev was unlikely to turn into a part of NATO, on Friday he introduced that the nation was submitting an expedited software to affix the army alliance. However, hours later, Washington mentioned that it’s “not the time” to just accept Ukraine into the bloc.