Following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declaration of Russian authority over 15% of Ukraine territory held by Russian forces, the greatest annexation in Europe since World War Two, the United States took action.
President Joe Biden warned his Russian counterpart against posing any danger to NATO territory as the US imposed broad sanctions on Russia as a result of its proclaimed annexation of portions of Ukraine.
“America’s fully prepared with our NATO allies to defend every single inch of NATO territory. Every single inch,” Biden said at the White House.
“So Mr. Putin, don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. Every inch.”
After Russia formally annexed four of the Ukrainian regions it controlled, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, announced that Kyiv would be submitting a “accelerated” application to join NATO.
Biden asserted that US and its allies won’t be intimidated by Putin and his “reckless threats”.
“Putin’s actions are a sign he’s struggling… He can’t seize his neighbour’s territory and get away with it. We will continue to provide military equipment to Ukraine,” he added.
On Friday, Biden issued a statement condemning Russia’s “fraudulent attempt” to annex Ukrainian territory and accused Kremlin of “violating international law, trampling on the United Nations Charter, and showing its contempt for peaceful nations everywhere.”
“Make no mistake: these actions have no legitimacy. The United States will always honor Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders. We will continue to support Ukraine’s efforts to regain control of its territory by strengthening its hand militarily and diplomatically, including through the $1.1 billion in additional security assistance the United States announced this week,” the US president added, announcing fresh sanctions on Russia.
“We will rally the international community to both denounce these moves and to hold Russia accountable. We will continue to provide Ukraine with the equipment it needs to defend itself, undeterred by Russia’s brazen effort to redraw the borders of its neighbor. And I look forward to signing legislation from Congress that will provide an additional $12 billion to support Ukraine,” he said.