Biden speech on russia and putin – 最新消息
Mr Biden said the sanctions will have a “long-term” impact on Moscow as the US was restricting large Russian banks and targeting families who are close to the Kremlin.
Mr Biden’s address to the nation came after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday morning with a series of missile attacks on cities including the capital Kiev.
自那时候起, dozens of Ukrainians have been killed, civilians are fleeing their homes, global markets have plunged and Russian forces have seized the site of the Chernobyl nuclear plant.
The United Nations meanwhile is expected to vote on a US-drafted resolution condemning Russia on Friday.
Though the resolution is likely to fail with Russia exercising its veto, US and its allies want to send the message that Russia stands isolated for its actions.
此外, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley has also also had a phone conversation with allies in Europe today to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Top Pentagon official says Russian troops only 20 miles from Kiev
Top Pentagon official and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley said in an unclassified call with House lawmakers on Thursday that Russian troops are only 20 miles from Ukraine’s capital Kiev.
A source who was on the call told MSNBC that defence secretary Lloyd Austin who was also on the call, described the current phase of the Russian military operation as the tip of the spear.
Mr Lloyd reportedly added that he expects the next phase to involve more Russian forces and focus on consolidating gains in populations centres, said a senior defence official who was on the call.
Mr Lloyd also warned that civilians could be killed and injured, especially by missile and air strikes, the senior defence official was quoted as saying.
UN Security Council to vote on US-drafted resolution condemning Russia
The UN Security Council is expected to vote on Friday on a US-drafted resolution condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
The measure is likely to fail as Russia can cast a veto as a permanent member of the council.
The US and its allies see it however as an opportunity to show that Russia is isolated over its actions in Ukraine.
US diplomats said that at least 11 members of the 15 members of the council would vote in favour, while it was unclear how China, India and the United Arab Emirates would vote, reported Reuters.
In a statement the state department said that secretary of state Antony Blinken had spoken to his counterparts in India and the UAE about Ukraine.
President Joe Biden however has declined to comment on China over US lobbying efforts over Ukraine, while on India he said talks continued but weren’t “resolved.”
Top American general dials European allies to discuss Russian invasion
US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley had a phone conversation with allies in Europe today to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
According to a readout of the calls, Mr Milley spoke with officials from the UK, 法国, 德国, Italy and Canada, reported CNN.
He also held “combined meeting with the Bucharest 9 allies,” including Bulgaria, 捷克共和国, 爱沙尼亚, 匈牙利, 拉脱维亚, 立陶宛, 波兰, Romania and Slovakia.”
“The leaders shared assessments of the unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces into Ukraine,”声明说.
“The Chairman addressed US reinforcement of NATO Allies through repositioning of forces in Europe to assure Allies and partners and deter Russia from conducting further provocations.”
The statement added that Mr Milley will “continue to conduct outreach” to partners and allies in the coming days”.
Mitch McConnell urges Biden to ‘ratchet up’ sanctions against Russia
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has urged president Joe Biden to “ratchet up” sanctions against Russian in the wake of its attack on Ukraine.
At a news conference today, Mr McConnell said he, along with Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, House majority leader Nancy Pelosi, and House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, had been briefed by the president on the sanctions announced earlier in the day.
“My advice to the president, both publicly and privately, is ratchet the sanctions all the way up as far as you can,” McConnell was quoted as saying by the Bowling Green Daily News.
He added that Russian president Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine may have been emboldened by the US withdrawal of Afghanistan last August.
He said that the US withdrawal was a message to the world’s autocrats that the US was “losing interest in playing a major role on the world stage.”
“I can tell you, 在我看来, Vladimir Putin wouldn’t be in Ukraine had we not precipitously left Afghanistan in August,” Mr McConnell said.
“The perception of weakness contributed to what we are experiencing now.”
Blinken ‘convinced’ Putin will try to overthrow Ukraine’s government
Secretary of state Antony Blinken said he is convinced that Russian president Vladimir Putin will try to overthrow Ukraine’s government.
In an interview with ABC News presenter David Munir, shortly after the president’s address, Mr Blinken was asked: “You’re convinced Putin’s going to overthrow [乌克兰的] 政府?”
He replied: “I’m convinced he’s going to try to do that.”
When asked if he knows who’s in control in the fighting that is underway at a military airbase in Kiev, Mr Blinken said he is not in a position to comment on what is going on.
然而, he added that what is known is “part of the Russian plan has been to put Kiev in danger, to assault the capital to go after other major cities”.
“We are seeing forces come in from the north, east, from the south. And that’s all part of the Russian plan.”
Biden says US is in ‘consultation’ with India over Russia
President Joe Biden said today that his administration is “in consultation with India” on the issue of Ukraine and Russia, reported CNN.
The comments came in response to a question on whether India, a major US defence partner, was “fully in sync” with the United States, with Biden adding, “We haven’t resolved that completely.”
India is a major US defence partner and has a historic friendship with Russia.
Earlier on Thursday, secretary of state Antony Blinken held a phone conversation with India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
In the exchange, Mr Blinken stressed the importance of a “strong collective response” toward Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an official spokesperson said.
爱奇美: Highlights from Biden’s speech today
President Biden forcefully condemned Russia’s invasion of 乌克兰 in an address to the nation on Thursday afternoon, where he announced strong sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s regime.
“Putin is the aggressor. Putin chose this war. And now he and his country will bear the consequences,” Mr Biden said from the White House.
“For weeks, we have been warning that this would happen, and now, it’s unfolding largely as we predicted.
“We have purposefully designed these sanctions to maximize the long-term impact on Russia and to minimize the impact on the United States and our allies.”
Read a recap of the speech from 独立报 Eric Garcia:
‘Every asset they have in America will be frozen’
VOICES: Biden doesn’t have a lot of good options
President Biden doesn’t have a lot of good options for handling Vladimir Putin, 独立报 Andrew Buncombe writes in a new column.
“Long ago, he ruled out sending US troops to help defend 乌克兰. There is little appetite for such an intervention among the American public, and Biden was elected having promised to withdraw the country from foreign wars, not start new ones.
“As he told NBC News in an interview shortly before the Super Bowl, it would not do anyone any good to have US troops anywhere near Russian forces. Russia has around 6,250 nuclear weapons, while the US has 5,600.
“He was asked in what circumstances might be send troops to rescue trapped Americans. “There’s not [one],“ 他说. “That’s a world war — when Americans and Russians start shooting at one another, we’re in a very different world than we’ve ever been in.”
“All of this is wise and smart. But having so loudly ruled out the deployment of US troops — often leaders like to claim “all options” are on the table — it meant the avenues of leverage available to the president were relatively few.”
American voters only tend to notice foreign affairs when they make US look bad
What are the US sanctions meant to deter Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?
President Joe Biden announced his most severe measures yet aimed at the Russian Federation and its leaders, but many Americans remain unclear as to how the US government is specifically working to deter Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Sanctions are typically some of the hardest-to-describe economic measures, as they are often focused on specific persons and entities who themselves do not make the same headlines as world leaders whose actions are often the motivation behind the measures.
Here’s our explainer on what the US announced today:
Joe Biden announced new US sanctions on Thursday
Bush and Obama back Biden
Two former presidents have issued harsh condemnations of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine – days after a third branded the dictator a “genius”.
George W Bush and Barack Obama released statements on Thursday, hours after Russia began its attack on multiple targets within Ukrainian territory, including its capital city.
在他的声明中, which followed a strong speech on the issue by his former vice president Joe Biden, Mr Obama accused Russia of launching “a brazen attack on the people of Ukraine, in violation of international law and basic principles of human decency”.
他继续: “People of conscience around the world need to loudly and clearly condemn Russia’s actions and offer support for the Ukrainian people.
“And every American, regardless of party, should support President Biden’s efforts, in coordination with our closest allies, to impose hard-hitting sanctions on Russia – sanctions that impose a real price on Russia’s autocratic elites.”
In a statement prior to Mr Biden’s remarks, Mr Bush called the attack “the gravest security crisis on the European continent since World War II” and said people must “stand in solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people as they seek freedom and the right to choose their own future”.
“I join the international community in condemning Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine,” said Mr Bush. “We cannot tolerate the authoritarian bullying and danger that Putin poses.”
The former leaders’ statements, particularly their words about Mr Putin, were markedly different than the remarks Mr Trump made earlier this week. 独立报 Megan Sheets reports:
Bush and Obama both express solidarity with the Ukrainian people after Trump praised their invader