This past Tuesday, President Joe Biden expressed that the United States, along with its partners, will be announced a new laundry list of sanctions targeting Russia due to its ongoing war against Ukraine.
While giving a speech from Warsaw, Poland, just a scant few days ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Biden went over how the west is expected to add on to the long list of penalties already levied against Russia.
“Together we have made sure that Russia is paying the price for its abuses,” stated Biden. “We continue to maintain the largest sanctions regime ever imposed on any country in history. And we’re going to announce more sanctions this week together with our partners.”
US to announce more sanctions on Russia this week, Biden says.
He says they will "hold accountable those responsible for this war".
Biden adds he will host NATO at a summit in the US next year.
"An attack against one is an attack against all".
— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 21, 2023
The United States, along with a number of its allies, has created new waves of sanctions over the past year, including a number that have been aimed at both Russia’s financial and energy sectors.
“While we have far more to do, we are succeeding in reversing the course of Russia’s budget and undercutting its military-industrial complex,” expressed Wally Adeyemo, the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, as part of an event held this past Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
As part of a speech given out in Warsaw, Biden refrained from speaking about any specifics when it comes to the newly created sanctions but did allude to Vice President Kamala Harris declaring over the weekend out in Germany that the U.S. government finally determined that Russia has openly committed crimes against humanity while invading Ukraine.
“We’ll hold accountable those who are responsible for this war,” stated Biden. “And we will seek justice for the war crimes and crimes against humanity continuing to be committed by the Russians.”
Additionally, Biden spoke up about plans for a 2024 NATO summit in the United States to highlight its 75th anniversary. NATO is now more “united and more unified than ever before,” he explained.
Biden also issued a new message to the people of Russia, calling on them to openly reject the claims from Russian President Vladimir Putin that the West were the ones to start the war in Ukraine and threatens Russia’s existence as a whole.
As part of his recent state-of-the-nation address to Russia’s National Assembly which was held this past Tuesday, Putin made the claim that Ukraine’s “Western masters” have “started the war. And we are using force to end it.”
“They intend to transform a local conflict into a phase of global confrontation,” stated Putin. “This is exactly how we understand it all and we will react accordingly, because in this case we are talking about the existence of our country.”
Just a scant few hours after that, while in Warsaw after a surprise visit to the capital of Kyiv, Biden cast Putin as a heavily weakened autocrat that is attempting to spin lies about the West trying to take over Russia in a bide to try and cling to dwindling power.
“I speak once more to the people of Russia,” stated Biden. “The United States and the nations of Europe do not seek to control or destroy Russia. The West was not plotting to attack Russia, as Putin said today. And millions of Russian citizens who only want to live in peace with their neighbors are not the enemy. This war was never a necessity. It’s a tragedy.
Pres. Biden makes remarks from Poland: "I speak once more to the people of Russia: The U.S. and nations of Europe do not seek to control or destroy Russia. The West was not plotting to attack Russia, as Putin said today…This war was never a necessity. It's a tragedy." pic.twitter.com/BBU6wGZXG4
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 21, 2023