The president of the United States has convened with leaders from the Bucharest Nine, a group of nations in the most eastern portions of the NATO alliance that formed in response to Putin’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia are all members of the alliance.
The nations worry that if Mr. Putin wins in Ukraine, he may attack them.
Mr. Biden said of the group, “You are the vanguard of our collective defense.”
“And you, more than anyone else, are aware of the stakes in this conflict. Not only for Ukraine but also for the freedom of democracies across Europe and the globe.”
He vowed that NATO’s mutual defense treaty is “sacred” and that “we will defend every square inch of NATO.”
Putin is met by China’s senior diplomat in Russia.
According to the Interfax news agency, Sergei Ryabkov, deputy foreign minister, “I do not believe that the decision to suspend the New START Treaty brings us closer to nuclear conflict.”
Despite the remarks made by the foreign minister, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev stated that the world was “on the verge of a global conflict.”
“If the United States desires Russia’s defeat, we reserve the right to defend ourselves with any means necessary, including nuclear weapons,” he wrote.
Mr. Biden stated that Russia’s decision to suspend its participation in the New START treaty was a grave error.
The remark and his assurance that the United States would safeguard eastern NATO territory came a day after he delivered a highly anticipated speech in the gardens of the Royal Castle in Warsaw.
Mr. Biden warned that, if unchecked, Russian aggression would not halt at Ukraine’s borders. “The autocrat’s appetites cannot be satisfied,” he said. “They must be opposed.”
He also met with Moldovan President Maia Sandu in Warsaw, who alleged last week that Moscow was plotting to overthrow her country’s government using external saboteurs.
She spoke out after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that his country had discovered Russian secret service plans to annihilate Moldova. Later, Moldovan intelligence officials verified these claims.
Meanwhile, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a right-wing populist who argued last week that the European Union is partially to blame for prolonging Russia’s conflict in Ukraine, skipped the Bucharest Nine meeting with Mr. Biden.
President Katalin Novak attended instead.
We must stop the cycle of Russian aggression.
“We don’t know when the conflict will end, but when it does, we must ensure that history does not repeat itself,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who attended the meeting.
He cited past Russian actions in Georgia and Ukraine as examples: “We cannot permit Russia to continue undermining European security. We must stop the cycle of Russian aggression.”
Meanwhile, Kyiv has stated that there can be no discussions of peace with the Russian military in Ukraine.