Biden says Putin ‘NATOized’ Europe with war in Ukraine

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President Biden said Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine is backfiring on Ukraine and that the Russian dictator has “NATOized” Europe with his brutal war.

Biden made the comments during the opening ceremony for the US Naval Academy Class of 2022, as Scandinavian countries Sweden and Finland seek membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in reaction to the war in Ukraine.

“Putin’s actions were an attempt, to use my term, to Finnishize all of Europe, to make it completely neutral,” Biden said, using a term that refers to Findland’s neutrality during the Cold War. “Instead, he NATOized all of Europe.”

President Joe Biden speaks about his administration’s global COVID-19 vaccination efforts ahead of the G-7 summit, Thursday, June 10, 2021, in St. Ives, England. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Biden boasted that his administration’s foreign policy is “built around the power to work with allies and partners.” He further told the aspiring graduates that even though they wield the most advanced weaponry in the world, “the most powerful tool you wield is our unrivaled network of global alliances…that since I was elected, I have tried to restore in detail.”

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Most Western countries join the United States in imposing tough sanctions on Russia. And Russia is significantly more isolated from the world than it was before the war began, with Europe particularly united against Putin’s expansionism and moving towards the United States and NATO.

The most significant move in this direction since the start of the war was the decision of Sweden and Finland itself to apply for NATO membership. Countries still have to go through an approval process before officially joining NATO, but the decision – particularly from Finland which shares a long border with Russia – underscores the level at which countries are uniting against the treatment posed by Russia.

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“Putin’s brutal, brutal war in Ukraine, not only is he trying to take control of Ukraine, but he’s really trying to erase the culture and the identity of the Ukrainian people,” Biden told the promotion. ‘Naval Academy on Friday, raising his voice in indignation. “Attacking schools, nurseries, hospitals, museums with no other aim than to eliminate a culture, a direct attack on the fundamental principles of the rules-based international order. That’s what you graduated to.”

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