Today, President Biden said in his remarks at a press briefing, “This is a dangerous moment for all of Europe, for the freedom around the world. Putin has a — has committed an assault on the very principles that uphold global peace.”
He said President Putin’s quest to build an empire is one of self-delusion.
“But now the entire world sees clearly what Putin and his Kremlin — and his Kremlin allies are really all about. This was never about genuine security concerns on their part. It was always about naked aggression, about Putin’s desire for empire by any means necessary — by bullying Russia’s neighbors through coercion and corruption, by changing borders by force, and, ultimately, by choosing a war without a cause.”
He said Putin’s move from the outset was sinister and exposed to the world.
“Putin’s actions betray his sinister vision for the future of our world — one where nations take what they want by force.
But it is a vision that the United States and freedom-loving nations everywhere will oppose with every tool of our considerable power,” said the U.S. President.
He noted that the United States and its Allies and partners “will emerge from this stronger, more united, more determined, and more purposeful.”
“Putin’s aggression against Ukraine will end up costing Russia dearly — economically and strategically. Putin will be a pariah on the international stage. We will make sure of that. Any nation that countenances Russia’s naked aggression against Ukraine will be stained by association,” he said.
He added that “When the history of this era is written, Putin’s choice to make a totally unjustifiable war on Ukraine will have left Russia weaker and the rest of the world stronger.”
“Liberty, democracy, human dignity — these are the forces far more powerful than fear and oppression. They cannot be extinguished by tyrants like Putin and his armies. They cannot be erased by people — from people’s hearts and hopes by any amount of violence and intimidation. They endure,” he added.
He posited that freedom would ultimately prevail regardless of the barriers.
“And in the contest between democracy and autocracy, between sovereignty and subjugation, make no mistake: Freedom will prevail,” said the President.
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