US President Joe Biden pledged to change his country’s policy towards Russia and address its internal and external excesses, contrary to the policy of his predecessor Donald Trump, accused of absolute loyalty to Moscow.
Biden said during his speech, the day before Thursday, “I clearly confirmed to President Putin in a way that is very different from that of my predecessor, that the days of the United States’ retreat in the face of Russia’s aggressive behavior, its interference in our elections, its cyber-attacks and its poisoning of citizens are over”.
Biden added, “We will not hesitate to raise the price that Russia will pay, and we will defend our vital interests and our people, and we will be more effective in dealing with Russia in our work within the alliance and coordination with partners who adhere to a similar way of thinking”.
The statements of the new US president focused on Moscow’s arrest of the Russian dissident, Alexei Navalny, considering that “Navalny’s imprisonment for political motives and Russia’s attempts to suppress freedom of assembly constitutes a source of deep concern to us and the entire world community.
Navalny was targeted because he was exposing corruption.
He must be released immediately and without any conditions”.
In turn, the Kremlin expressed its anger over Biden’s statements regarding Russia and the Navalny case in particular, as Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described it as “a very hostile and constructive speech, which we regret”.
At the same time, Peskov called to maintain a basis for cooperation between Washington and Moscow, “despite the huge number of disagreements and disagreements on fundamental issues”.
In the context, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on his US counterpart, Antony Blinken to respect Russia’s laws and its judicial system and to deal with transparency in this regard, trying to remind Blinken of issues related to the persecution of opponents of the results of the recent US presidential elections.