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How Far Will Joe Biden Go to Help Ukraine?

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President Joe Biden vowed on Thursday that the United States will continue to supply Ukraine with the financial and military aid it needs until the war with Russia is won – even if it means continued economic hardship.

The president pledged that the Russian invasion of Ukraine would not end with a “Russian defeat of Ukraine” during a press conference held at the end of the NATO summit in Madrid, Spain. The president used his remarks to rally NATO and European nations behind his promise to back Ukraine whatever the cost.

“Putin thought he could break the transatlantic alliance,” Biden theorized during his comments to reporters.

“He tried to weaken us. He expected our resolve to fracture. But he’s getting exactly what he did not want. He wanted the Finland-ization of NATO. He got the NATO-ization of Finland.”

British Prime Minister Made Similar Promise

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged world leaders to stick to their guns and maintain long-term support for Ukraine during a recent G7 summit in southern Germany.

Johnson said that the consequences of a Russian victory in Ukraine would be “absolutely catastrophic” and that he believes assisting Ukraine in this effort is necessary.

“I would just say to people in the United States that this is something that America historically does and has to do,” the British PM said.

Johnson used several interviews and television appearances to stress the importance of maintaining long-term support in Ukraine – and with British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss indicating that the war could last as long as 10 years, that’s no small thing.

NATO Isn’t Actually Unified

NATO is not entirely unified on the matter, however.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has worked to facilitate negotiations between Russia and Ukraine since the early days of the invasion and personally discussed the matter with the Russian president on several occasions since the outbreak of the war.

In May, Erdogan told Putin that Ankara was ready to assume a role in an “observation mechanism” between the United Nations, Kyiv, and Moscow if an agreement can be reached between the two countries.

Erdogan has repeatedly pushed for peace between the two nations and worked to find a diplomatic solution to the war. Journalist Michael Tracey revealed on Thursday how the Turkish president believes his approach to solving the crisis is superior because “the proof is in the pudding.” The exchange took place during a question-and-answer session with journalists in Madrid.

“Believe it or not, Erdogan just called on me and answered my question. I noted he’s one of the few or only NATO leaders calling for diplomacy in Ukraine, whereas US/UK are calling for military escalation. He said his approach is superior because ‘the proof is in the pudding,’” Tracey wrote on Twitter.

Erdogan’s views on the war may diverge from the consensus among NATO, but his voice is by far one of the most influential when it comes to negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. George J Kamburoff

    July 2, 2022 at 11:08 am

    I do not understand how Americans like you can support what Putin wants.
    Whose side are you on?

  2. Matthew Schilling

    July 2, 2022 at 11:13 am

    Let me fix that title for ya: “How Far Will Biden Go To Destroy Ukraine”

    The answer, of course, is far enough to wipe out the evidence of widespread corruption committed by the relatives of Western politicians.

    Here’s a suggestion for a follow-on story: Post Ukraine: What Nation Will Western Corruptocrats Trash Next?

    • RepublicansLovePutin&hateAmerica

      July 2, 2022 at 11:59 am

      You Kremlin trolls are transparent. It’s not Biden destroying Ukraine, it’s your rich masters.
      Russia is thousands of more times corrupt than the west. All the rich live in palaces while the middle class are wage slaves and the poor live like dark age peasants.

      • Matthew Schilling

        July 2, 2022 at 4:05 pm

        I served 6 years in the USN in the 80’s, with a couple more years in reserves after that. Honorable discharge, VA mortgage. So save the “Putin troll” nonsense for someone else.
        Ukraine has been a corrupt cesspool for a long time, as everyone on both sides of the political spectrum acknowledged before this war broke out.
        Russia’s invasion was despicable and it’s been a human disaster since. Why is no one trying to bring about peace? Why is the West ready to fight Russia to the last Ukrainian?
        The collateral damage from this travesty is leading to starvation in the Third World. But you go right ahead and cheer on the indiscriminate slaughter of innocents all you want. I want the fighting and killing to stop.

  3. Brian Foley

    July 3, 2022 at 11:21 am

    President Biden is in a “trap” of sorts. While most applaud his response to help Ukraine defend itself, he has “boxed” himself into a continued American support of Ukraine. After the Afghanistan debacle any slackening of American resolve just reinforces the stereotype of America abandoning a weaker ally. Also, Biden has “image” and “optics” problems concerning his ability to withstand the heat and backing away from Ukraine would only foster what some perceive as a weakness. Finally, supporting Ukraine (regardless of some people’s opinion) is one of the few points a majority of Americans can agree on. So…Biden has hitched his wagon to the Ukrainian effort and will have to ride it out.

  4. Stefan Stackhouse

    July 3, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    There is arguably a role for a mediator waiting in the wings. Erdogan would do as well as anyone. Sooner or later, the war will wind down and reach the stage where some sort of negotiations are sought.

    Propaganda has been flying in all directions, but if one digs beneath all that, then reality can be found. The important reality is this: the productive capacity of the US and its allies is limited. It sounds nice to promise to Ukraine that we will give them everything that they need, but it isn’t true. At best, we will give them what we can, which will be a quantity far below what Ukraine wants and thinks it needs. Hopefully, what we can produce and supply will be enough to stop the Russians, eventually stabilizing this war into a frozen conflict. This we can do. Supplying the Ukrainians with enough to roll the Russians back, however, is pure fantasy. It can’t and won’t happen.

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