Today, in light of Russia’s acknowledgment that it will not withdraw its forces from Belarus, I have authorized additional operations of US Forces and equipment stationed in Europe, in order to strengthen strength for our Baltic allies Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Let me be clear: These are purely defensive moves on our part. We have no intention against Russia. However, we want to send an unmistakable message that the United States together with our allies will defend every inch of NATO territory and live up to the commitments we have made to NATO.
We still believe that Russia is ready to go even further in launching a major military offensive against Ukraine. I hope I’m wrong about that and I hope we’re wrong about it, but Russia has only escalated the threat to the rest of Ukraine’s territory, including major cities and the capital, Kyiv. There are still more than 150,000 Russian troops besieging Ukraine.
As I said, Russian forces are still positioned in Belarus to attack Ukraine from the north, including warplanes and attack missile systems. Russia sends troops near Ukraine’s border with Russia. Russian naval vessels operating in the Black Sea south of Ukraine include amphibious assault ships, missile cruisers and submarines. Russia has moved blood supplies and medical equipment into position on the border. You don’t need blood unless you’re going to start a fight.
Over the past few days, we have seen the majority of the pamphlet that Secretary Blinken presented last week at the United Nations Security Council adopted. Massive increase in military provocations and false flag events along the lines of communication in Donbas, spectacularly staged, conveniently on camera, meeting of Putin’s security council to the Russian public. And now, the political provocation of recognizing the sovereign territory of Ukraine, the so-called independent republics, clearly violates international law.
President Putin has asked the Russian parliament for permission to use military force outside Russia. And this sets the stage for other Russian provocations to try to justify further military actions.
None of us, none of us should be fooled. None of us will be fooled. There is no justification. Russia’s continued attack on Ukraine remains a serious threat in the coming days. If Russia continues, it is Russia and Russia alone that will be responsible. As we respond, my administration is using every tool at our disposal to protect American businesses and consumers from increasing pump prices.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/22/world/europe/biden-speech-transcript.html This is a transcript of President Biden’s speech on Russia