Friday, February 06, 2015

VP Joe Biden: Russia redrawing the map of Europe

Barack Obama, Joe BidenPretty sad when the Vice President is talking tougher than President Obama.

Speaking in Europe on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden said that Vladimir Putin and Russia are trying to redraw the map of Europe.

"Ukraine is fighting for its very survival right now. Russia continues to escalate the conflict by sending mercenaries and tanks and as we euphemistically say in the United States, Little Green Men, without patches in, and very sophisticated special operation soldiers.

“President Putin continues to call for new peace plans as his troops roll through Ukrainian countryside. And he absolutely ignores every agreement that his country has signed in the past and he has signed recently.

“And so we have to stand, we the United States and Europe, have to stand with Ukraine at this moment. Ukraine needs our financial assistance and support as it pursues reforms. Even in the face of this military onslaught they are attempting to push forward with reforms.

“I believe I have been in Ukraine I believe four times in the last several months—maybe a bit longer than that—I have met with the prime minister and president. they are, they are doing all in the power to keep faith with the commitments they have made.

“But this is a moment when the United States and Europe must stand together, stand firm. Russia cannot be allowed to redraw the map of Europe. That is exactly what they are doing.

“There are two new tools of foreign policy they have made into weapons. The use of oligarchs and corruption as well as the use of energy as a foreign policy tool, a national security tool. We agree more needs done. and I am look forward to discussing this issue with you as well.”

“Both Europe and the United states face the threat of violent extremism. Abroad in the form of ISIL, or as they say in the region Da’ish, and sometimes here at home. The tragic terrorist attack here in Brussels and in Paris demonstrate how real that is.

“We Americans understand and share the pain and outrage of everything the people of Brussels as well as Paris have gone through in the recent past. We are committed to collaborate with all of Europe to mitigate this threat to protect our citizens.

“We have to continue to degrade their resources, their capacity, their finances, alleviate the humanitarian suffering caused by the terrorists, stop the flow of foreign terrorists that is increasingly a problem for Europe," Biden said at the European Council building in Brussels.

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