The American leader does not believe that the current decisions of the North Atlantic Alliance will force Russia to change course towards Ukraine.
Sanctions never play a successful deterrent role, but the West must maintain a united front against Russia. Such statements were made on Thursday at a press conference in Brussels following the participation in the summits of NATO and the Group of Seven by U.S. President Joe Biden.
“Sanctions never deter,” the American leader admitted, commenting on the use of various anti-Russian measures by the West. “The preservation of sanctions, the preservation of pain and the demonstration of unity are a deterrent,” Biden is convinced. “I have requested today’s NATO meeting to make sure a month [after the start of Russia’s operation in Ukraine] that we will continue to do what we are doing, not only next month or in month, but throughout the rest of the current year.” “That’s what will stop him,” the owner of the White House believes. He was referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In this regard, Biden was asked to clarify whether he believes that the current decisions of the North Atlantic Alliance will force Russia to change course towards Ukraine. “I didn’t say that. The answer is no,” Biden said. “The most important thing is for us to maintain unity, and for the world to continue to focus on how cruel this guy is, on all the destroyed lives of civilians <…>. That’s what’s important,” the head of the American administration believes. “If Putin thinks that Europe will split in a month or six weeks or two months, then… They (Russians) can seize [in Ukraine] anything for another month. However, we (Western countries) must demonstrate unity. The reason I requested this meeting [is that] we must remain completely united,” Biden added.