Biden rallying Europe to strengthen western unity with Russia

Joe Biden will board a presidential helicopter on March 20, 2022 at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Joe Biden will board a presidential helicopter on March 20, 2022 at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (Stefani Reynolds / AFP).

President Joe Biden is flying to Europe on Wednesday, where he works to strengthen western unity and sanctions against Russia, which is trying to disrupt the balance of power by invading Ukraine. Post-Cold War army.

Not only is he anxious to show his strength to Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he keeps his promise to restore the US alliance to their luster hurt by President Trump for four years. It’s a diplomatic marathon waiting for Joe Biden, who is anxious for that.

“For the past few months, the West has united. The President goes to Europe to ensure that we continue to unite.” And “A strong message that we are prepared and committed as much as we need.” “Send,” Jake Sullivan, a national security adviser to the President of the United States, emphasized on Tuesday.

On Thursday 1st, the latter will attend three international summits in Brussels. NATO, G7, European Union.

No more is needed to symbolically lead a large-scale battle of democracies against authoritarianism beyond Ukraine.

“This war will not end easily or soon,” Jake Sullivan warned.

After almost a month of conflict, Russian troops on Wednesday did not control the capital Kyiv or the large strategic port city of Mariupol in the south, but continued to bombard several cities.

“New penalty”

Therefore, when traveling to Europe, Joe Biden “joins our allies to impose new sanctions on Russia and strengthen existing sanctions” to prevent Moscow from avoiding them. ” Said Jake Sullivan.

The President of the United States also “cooperates with allies in long-term coordination” regarding the existence of NATO in Eastern Europe, continued the National Security Adviser.

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan will hold a press conference at the White House on March 22, 2022
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan will hold a press conference at the White House (Nicholas Cam / AFP) on March 22, 2022.

He also announced “Joint Action to Strengthen Energy Security in Europe” and “Additional Americans” for humanitarian action in Ukraine and the acceptance of millions of Ukrainians fleeing war. He advised that he would reveal “contributions.”

On Friday and Saturday, Joe Biden will travel to Poland, an ally within NATO and the first destination of the majority of millions of Ukrainians fleeing the war.

About his program: Meetings with American soldiers whose details are not yet known, commitments related to refugee acceptance, and meetings with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

The most difficult

After the shock, almost surprise, following the start of the invasion on February 24, the White House knows that arguably the most difficult part will come.

First in Ukraine: Joe Biden reiterated on Monday that it was “clear” to him that Russian President Vladimir Putin was considering the use of chemical and biological weapons.

The U.S. President has already described Russian leaders “turning their backs on the wall” as “war criminals” who are adopting more “brutal” and deadly tactics for civilians. increase.

But for the beautiful unity that Westerners have shown so far, long-lasting wars will also be a challenge.

Major economic sanctions on Russia
Major economic sanctions against Russia (Emmanuelle MICHEL / AFP)

After the first burst of very severe economic and financial sanctions, the options for adjusted retaliation are reduced in the face of strong disparities between countries, for example in terms of Russia’s dependence on gas.

The difficulty is the same at the military level. How can we further support the Ukrainian army after a major strategic reversal by a particular country and the announcement of a major arms delivery by Americans?

Especially when Joe Biden reiterated, for example, that direct military conflict with Russia through no-fly zones was eliminated.

Another purpose of the US President is to ensure that Westerners speak “in one voice” in the face of China, as Jake Sullivan promised on Tuesday.

Washington has already warned that Beijing will be exposed to retaliation if military equipment is handed over to Russia. But so far, the United States has never seen anything like this, the National Security Adviser said Tuesday.