In his maiden State of the Union Address, President Joe Biden accused his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin of launching a “premeditated and unprovoked” war against Ukraine, saying the US is prepared to meet the challenge.
The news: “We’ve learnt this lesson throughout history: tyrants who do not pay a price for their aggression produce more turmoil. They continue to move. And the costs and threats to America and the rest of the globe continue to rise,” said Biden in his first State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress.
- That is why, following World War II, the NATO Alliance was formed to ensure peace and security in Europe. Along with 29 other countries, the United States is a member. It’s significant. He launched a scathing attack on Putin, saying, “American diplomacy matters.”
- “Putin’s war was planned ahead of time and unprovoked. Diplomacy was a waste of time for him. He expected the West and NATO to remain silent. He also believed he could split us at home. Putin was mistaken. Biden stated, “We were prepared.”
- Biden claimed that Putin’s war on Ukraine was terribly underestimated by his Russian counterpart. “Putin believed that if he rolled into Ukraine, the rest of the world would follow suit. Instead, he ran against a wall of strength he had not anticipated. He met the people of Ukraine,” Biden stated.
- “‘Light will conquer over darkness,” remarked President (Volodymyr) Zelensky in his speech to the European Parliament. “Tonight is the visit of the Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States. Let each of us in this Chamber tonight send a clear message to Ukraine and the rest of the world,” he stated to a standing ovation from a crowded chamber of legislators.