The U.S. President Joe Biden said that Western countries are united in their determination to respond to Russia’s steps towards Ukraine.

“We are united in our support for Ukraine. We are united in our opposition to Russian aggression. And we are united in our determination to defend the NATO alliance,” Biden said.

The U.S. President Joe Biden said that Russia’s recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics requires a firm response from the international community.

“Who, in the name of the Lord… gave him the right to proclaim new so-called countries on the territory that belongs to his neighbors? This is a blatant violation of international law, and it requires a firm response from the international community,” he said, speaking about the Ukrainian crisis.

The United States has no desire to fight Russia, but wants to convey to Moscow that they will defend every inch of NATO territory, the U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday.

“We have no intention of going to war with Russia, but we want to send a clear signal that the United States, together with its allies, will defend every inch of NATO territory and follow the commitments we have to NATO,” the U.S. president said in a video message in connection with Russia’s recognition of the independence of the DPR and LPR.

According to him, Washington still believes that “Moscow intends to go much further and launch a large-scale military attack against Ukraine.” “I hope I’m wrong about that,” Biden said.

The U.S. President Joe Biden said he expects further “provocations” from Russia in the situation around Ukraine.

“President Putin has requested from the Russian parliament a sanction for the use of armed forces outside Russia. This sets the stage for further ones… provocations with which Russia will try to justify further military actions,” Biden said, speaking about the Ukrainian crisis.

“None of us will be fooled. There are no excuses. Further Russian invasion of Ukraine remains an acute threat in the coming days,” Biden said.