US President Joe Biden on Thursday stated the times of his nation rolling over within the face of Russia’s aggressive actions are over and warned Moscow that his administration will not hesitate to raise the cost on it.
“I made it clear to President Putin, in a manner very different from my predecessor, that the days of the United States rolling over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions — interfering with our elections, cyberattacks, poisoning its citizens — are over,” Biden instructed State Department staff.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is without doubt one of the world leaders with whom Biden has spoken over the cellphone. “We will not hesitate to raise the cost on Russia and defend our vital interests and our people. We will be more effective in dealing with Russia when we work in coalition and coordination with other like-minded partners,” he stated.
Biden stated the politically-motivated jailing of Alexei Navalny and the Russian efforts to suppress freedom of expression and peaceable assemblies are a matter of deep concern to the United States and the worldwide group.
“Mr Navalny, like all Russian citizens, is entitled to his rights under the Russian constitution. He has been targeted for exposing corruption. He should be released immediately and without condition,” he stated.
On Thursday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke together with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov over the cellphone, throughout which they mentioned the New START extension and the necessity for brand spanking new arms management that addresses all of Russia’s nuclear weapons and the rising menace from China.
Blinken reiterated Biden’s resolve to shield American residents and act firmly in defence of US pursuits in response to actions by Russia that hurt the United States and its allies.
“This includes the release of Paul Whelan and Trevor Reed so that they are able to return home to their families in the United States. The secretary raised Russian interference in the 2020 US election, its military aggression in Ukraine and Georgia, the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and the SolarWinds incident, among other issues,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price stated.
Earlier within the day, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan defined that in contrast to the earlier administration, the Biden administration will be taking steps to maintain Russia accountable for the vary of malign actions it has undertaken.
“That contains interfering in America’s democracy. It contains the poisoning of residents on European soil with chemical weapons. It contains the forms of hacks and breaches that you just simply referred to and plenty of different issues as properly. We will do this at a time and in a fashion of our selecting. And we imagine that imposing these prices and penalties will have an impact on Russia’s behaviour going ahead.
“Now, is it going to stop Vladimir Putin from doing everything we do not like? Of course not. But do we believe that we will be able to take a firmer, more effective line when it comes to Russian aggression and Russian bad behaviour? Yes, we do,” he stated.
At the identical time, Sullivan reiterated that does not rule out having the ability to work with Russia the place it’s in American curiosity to achieve this.
“We can walk and chew gum at the same time. And the New START Treaty and that extension — keeping a lid on nuclear proliferation — is, in fact, very much in America’s national security interests,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committee, launched a decision with senators Chris Coons, Marco Rubio and Dick Durbin calling for broad cooperation between Congress and the Biden administration to formulate a technique to counter the malign actions of Russian proxies.