Biden: “Republicans are trying to give a gift to Putin… “After Ukraine, NATO and the U.S.”
U.S. President Joe Biden emphasized the need to pass a budget to support Ukraine before the recess, saying that Russia’s target after the Ukraine incident could be the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United States.
At a press conference urging passage of the Ukraine aid budget on the 6th (local time), President Biden expressed this logic, saying, “Congress must pass additional funding for Ukraine before it goes on holiday recess.”
He said, “The Republican Party in Congress wants to give (Vladimir) Putin the biggest gift,” and predicted that if the support bill is not passed, America’s global leadership could be dealt a blow beyond the Ukraine issue.
“We have all witnessed the brutality that Putin inflicted on Ukraine,” he said, “invading other countries, subjecting neighboring countries to his iron-fisted rule, and committing atrocities against Ukrainian civilians.”
President Biden said, “The Russian military is committing war crimes,” and added, “Who is ready to back down from holding Putin accountable for these actions? “Who among us is the one who will actually hold him accountable?”
He gave the example, “If Putin takes over Ukraine, he will not stop there,” and “If Putin attacks a NATO ally.” In this case, the United States, a NATO ally, can fight Russia.
“We cannot let Putin win,” he said. “It is in our national interest and the international interests of all our allies (not to let that happen).”
On the same day, John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator for the White House National Security Council (NSC), pointed out at a Foreign Correspondent Center (FPC) briefing, “If Congress does not pass the supplementary budget, there will be no funds to support Ukraine by the end of this year or this month.” did.
“At least in the United States, there will no longer be any funds to support Ukraine,” he said. “If we pull the plug, the repercussions could also affect other countries’ ability to support Ukraine.”
Coordinator Kirby raised his voice, saying, “This will be both a disaster and a huge Christmas present for President Putin, because it will get him exactly what he wants.”
Meanwhile, Coordinator Kirby expressed regret over the civilian casualties occurring as Israel resumes its attacks on the Gaza Strip, but assessed that “Israel is taking steps to exclude innocent people from the firefight carried out by Hamas.”
They supported a temporary cessation of fighting, but also opposed the existing position of opposing a ceasefire.
Coordinator Kirby said, “We do not support a permanent ceasefire at this time. “A ceasefire is beneficial to Hamas because it gives it time to train and regroup for further attacks against Israel, and it allows it to justify what it did on October 7,” he emphasized.