new video loaded: ‘I’m Not Looking For Conflict With Russia,’ Biden Says
‘I’m Not Looking For Conflict With Russia,’ Biden Says
President Biden said on Monday that he will tell President Vladimir V. Putin that the U.S. is not looking for confrontation, but “will respond if Russia continues its harmful activities” when the two meet in Geneva on Wednesday.
I had the honor of leading off the discussion today among the 30 nations. And I pointed out that we’re facing a once-in-a-century global health crisis, at the same time, the Democratic values that undergird our alliance are under increasing pressure, both internally and externally. Russia and China are both seeking to drive a wedge in our trans-Atlantic solidarity. We’re seeing an increase in malicious cyberactivity. But our alliance is a strong foundation on which we can — our collective security and our shared prosperity can continue to be built. And I made a point to make clear that the U.S. commitment to Article 5 of the NATO treaty is rock-solid and unshakable. We talked about Russia’s aggressive acts that pose a threat to NATO and our collective security. That’s why I met with the Bucharest 9, the Eastern-flank allies, in advance of this summit and today also met with the leaders of the three Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. I shared with our allies that I’ll convey to — what I’ll convey to President Putin. But I’m not looking for conflict with Russia, but that we will respond if Russia continues its harmful activities. And we will not fail to defend the trans-Atlantic alliance or stand up for democratic values. As allies, we also affirmed our continued support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We agreed to keep consulting closely on nuclear deterrence, arms control and strategic stability.
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