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US President Joe Biden made a public speech in Warsaw hours after Russian dictator Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was suspending its participation in the Strategic Missile Weapons Treaty.

“A year ago the world was afraid that Kiev would fall,” said Biden, who made an unannounced visit to the war-torn Ukrainian capital on Monday. “I just came from Kiev. Kiev stands strong! Kiev is proud! And most importantly, it’s free.”

“When Russia invaded, it was a test not just for Ukraine, but for the whole world. It was a test for the United States, a test for NATO and all democratic countries. We had to address simple but fundamental questions: Will. Will we react or turn away? Are we strong? Will we be weak Will we unite Will we divide We will know the answer in a year We will respond We will be strong We will be united There will be no world Biden, turn around” His words received a standing ovation.

“[Putins] He thought NATO would split, but instead, NATO is more united than ever before. He thought he could use energy as a weapon to break Europe’s resolve, but instead we are working together to end Europe’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels. He thought autocrats like himself were strong and democratic leaders were weak. but it faced the iron will of the Americans and other countries. Its leader, President Zelensky, was at war with a country whose courage was steeped in fire and iron.”

Contrary to Putin’s expectations, he pointed out that democracies are getting stronger, while autocrats are weakening. Putin still questions the West’s determination to continue helping Ukraine, but to no avail – “our support for Ukraine will not end”.

“Autocrats only understand one word – no,” Biden said.

“There will never be a Russian victory in Ukraine,” he underlined. “Free people refuse to live in despair and darkness.”

In his speech, he emphasized the war crimes and atrocities committed by Russian soldiers and mercenaries in Ukraine, the use of rape as a weapon of war, the abduction and deportation of Ukrainian children, the firing of bullets in maternity homes, kindergartens and orphanages.

“No one can turn away from the atrocities committed by Russia against the Ukrainian people. This is terrible,” Biden said.

Saying “Putin can stop a war with a single word,” Biden noted that Ukraine is struggling to survive and that’s why support for Ukraine is extremely important.

He warned that NATO’s Article 5 on collective defense—an attack on one member of the alliance is considered an attack on all members—is strict.

“All NATO members know this, Russia knows it too,” Biden said.

This is believed to be Biden’s response to Putin’s speech that his main announcement was the suspension of the deal on strategic offensive weapons.

Biden is making a planned visit to Poland. Biden made an unannounced visit to Ukraine the day before, meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev.

PHOTOGRAPH: Biden’s visit to Ukraine

Source: Tv Net

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