Biden: Navalny must be released immediately and unconditionally

‘Condemn Russian govt’s efforts to silence critics’: Biden official on Navalny

President Speaks to U.S. Department of State Staff

On Wednesday, February 4, US President Joe Biden visited the Department of State, where he delivered his first keynote speech on the main objectives of American foreign policy..

Addressing State Department officials, President Biden stressed the critical role that the department plays in combating the challenges facing the entire world today – the coronavirus pandemic, the climate crisis and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. “These problems can only be solved by countries working together for a common cause,” Biden said..

Cooperation with other countries “must begin with diplomacy based on the most precious values ​​of American democracy – protecting freedom, offering opportunities, protecting human rights, respecting the rule of law, treating all people with dignity,” the president said..

“While many of these values ​​have come under intense pressure in recent years and have even been on the brink of extinction in the past few weeks, the American people will emerge stronger from this situation … to unite the world in the fight to defend democracy,” Biden said..

The President said that over the past two weeks, he managed to communicate with many US allies, leaders of Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Germany, France, NATO, Japan, South Korea and Australia. The speech, according to Biden, was about reformatting America’s foreign policy and restoring democratic unions, which “atrophied in the last four years of neglect and abuse.”.

According to Biden, the ability to create alliances is one of the main strengths of the United States. The President stressed that the United States must “once again stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies and key partners.” However, at the same time, Washington must continue “diplomatic interaction with our opponents and competitors where it is in our interests and contributes to the security of the American people.”.

US will crack down on Russia’s malicious actions

At the same time, President Biden made a special mention of Russia and said that an important real step towards strengthening international security and stability was the 5-year extension of the existing US-Russian treaty on the reduction of strategic nuclear weapons – START-3. However, Joe Biden stressed, the new American administration will not leave without consequences Russia’s malicious activities in the international arena and its violation of international obligations, including in the field of human rights..

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Biden: Navalny must be released immediately and unconditionally

“I made it clear to President Putin, in a manner very different from my predecessor, that the days are gone when the United States did not resist Russia’s aggressive actions, interference in our elections, cyberattacks, poisoning of its citizens. We will not hesitate to increase costs for Russia and protect the vital interests of our people, – said Biden, – And our relations with Russia will become more effective when we work in the same coalition and coordination with our other like-minded people. The imprisonment of Alexei Navalny for political reasons and the suppression of freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly are of deep concern to both us and the international community. Mr. Navalny, like all Russian citizens, has constitutional rights. He was punished for exposing corruption. He must be released immediately and unconditionally. “.

Biden also noted that his administration will oppose the destructive activities of China, which grossly violate human rights..

On the withdrawal of troops from Germany, the achievement of peace in Yemen and the reception of refugees

According to Biden, the Pentagon leadership, in coordination with the State Department leadership, will analyze the American military presence in various regions of the world in accordance with “our foreign policy and national security priorities.” At the same time, the president noted, the previously planned withdrawal of American troops from Germany will be stopped..

US President urged to achieve peace in Yemen, torn by civil war for many years.

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“And to underscore our commitment (to peace), we are ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including related arms sales,” the White House chief said, referring to American support for the Saudi-led coalition..

At the same time, Biden assured that the United States will continue to defend the sovereignty of Saudi Arabia, whose territory has been repeatedly shelled by pro-Iranian military groups..

Joe Biden said the United States will increase the admission of refugees to his country. restore American leadership in the fight against major global challenges such as the coronavirus pandemic and climate change.

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