‘We are not your enemy’: Biden’s message to Russians as he urges Putin to ‘step back from brink of war’

The US president has called on Vladimir Putin to step back from the brink of war and sent a message of peace to the Russian people.
Joe Biden said the US has “not yet verified” Russia’s claim that some of its forces have withdrawn from the border, adding an invasion of Ukraine remains a distinct possibility.

Speaking from the White House, he warned again that if Russia invades its neighbour, the US “will rally the world to oppose its aggression”.

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Moscow taunted what it called the “humiliated and destroyed” West as it hinted troops were pulling back
Nato said it had seen no de-escalation on the ground
The prime minister said intelligence was “not encouraging” and “mixed signals” were coming from Russia
Vladimir Putin said “of course we don’t want” war in Europe
The Russian leader accused Ukraine of “genocide”
Several Ukrainian banks and ministries were victims of cyber attacks
“While I will not send American servicemen to fight in Ukraine, we have supplied Ukrainian military with equipment to help them defend themselves, and provided training and advice and intelligence for that purpose,” Mr Biden said.


“And make no mistake, the United States will defend very inch of NATO territory with the full force of American power.

“An attack against one NATO country is an attack against all of us.”

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Mr Biden went on to insist that the US and NATO are “not a threat to Russia”, stressing that neither have missiles in Ukraine.
“We do not have plans to put them there as well,” he said.
“We’re not targeting the people of Russia. We do not seek to destabilise Russia.”
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He then addressed the citizens of Russia, saying: “You are not our enemy, and I do not believe you want a bloody destructive war against Ukraine, a country and a people with whom you share such deep ties.”
President Biden warned that should Russia invade Ukraine, it will be “without cause or reason” and the human cost will be “immense”.
Mr Biden also acknowledged the likelihood that US and allied sanctions on Russia in retaliation for an invasion would have significant blowback on the American economy, including possible price rises and disruption to the nation’s energy supply.
“The American people understand that defending democracy and liberty is never without cost,” Mr Biden said.
“I will not pretend this will be painless.”

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Putin slams West’s Ukraine response
Ukraine cyberattacks
Late on Monday afternoon Ukarine’s ministry of defence website went down and two banks were uncontactable due to unsophisticated cyber attacks.
By late evening the security service, national police and foreign ministry sites were also down.
The Ukrainian Centre for Strategic Communications and Information Security, which is part of the culture ministry, said in a statement: “It is not ruled out that the aggressor used tactics of little dirty tricks because its aggressive plans are not working out on a large scale.”
Ukraine has accused Russia of orchestrating similar interventions in the past.
The ‘denial of service’ type of attack is commonly used across the internet.
Putin open to more talks
Hours earlier, Vladimir Putin has insisted he “of course” does not want a war in Europe.
His comments followed conflicting claims he had withdrawn some his country’s forces from Ukraine’s borders.
Speaking at a news conference after talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Mr Putin stressed he was not keen on a military confrontation.
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He also suggested that there was the opportunity for further talks between Moscow and the West in a bid to ease current tensions.
Truss urges Russia to ‘show up to diplomatic meetings’
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss urged Russia to “commit to meaningful talks” after it was revealed the Kremlin failed to send a representative to a meeting of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
“Russia is patently failing to live up to the international commitments it has made around transparency,” she said.

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“If the Kremlin is serious about a diplomatic resolution, then it needs to show up to diplomatic meetings and commit to meaningful talks.
“Russia’s refusal to engage with the OSCE process demonstrates its contempt for the commitments it freely signed up to.
“It is Russia that is the aggressor here. The troops stationed on the border are clear threat to Ukraine.
“The UK and our allies urge the Kremlin to withdraw its troops and enter discussions based on the proposals put forward by NATO to improve transparency and reduce risk.”

Source : Sky News