Biden Blasts Putin, Says NATO United Against Ukraine Invasion
President Joe Biden says that Russian President Vladimir Putin was wrong to assume NATO would be divided over Ukraine.
Photo Insert: NATO vowed to continue to support Ukraine with security assistance to fight Russian aggression and uphold their right of self-defense.
Biden said at a news briefing in Brussels that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has built greater unity within NATO, the European Union (EU) and the Group of Seven (G-7) economies, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
Biden says of Putin, “He didn’t think we could sustain this cohesion,” adding that NATO has “never been more united than it is today.” NATO countries and other allies have imposed harsh sanctions against Russia, crippling that country’s economy. Still, the EU has refrained from taking the same steps as the US by banning oil and natural gas from Russia.
French President Emmanuel has warned about “reputation risks” for French companies which are operating in Russia but said they are free to make their own choices.
“My position is to let the companies free to decide for themselves. That’s up to the companies’ leadership to assess” the situation, he said Thursday in a news conference in Brussels.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says the world is united in its response to the Russian attack on Ukraine last month and said that sanctions against Russia were proving to be powerful. Scholz told reporters in Brussels Thursday after the NATO summit that “we are united in our commitment to see these sanctions through as long as necessary and to keep reviewing them for effectiveness.”
Asked about the threat of a possible nuclear, biological, chemical weapons attack by Russia, Scholz said that such an attack “would be a breach of all the rules and agreements and conventions that exist.”
Scholz also said that Germany has committed to giving 370 million euros ($407 million) to Ukraine in humanitarian aid and pledged another 430 million euros for the global food supply to help prevent famines.