(Washington) US President Joe Biden denounced Russia’s “unjustified attack” on Ukraine on Wednesday evening, after his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced a “military operation” to defend the separatists in the east of the country. .
“President Putin has chosen (to launch) a premeditated war that will cause catastrophic human suffering and loss,” Biden said in a statement. “Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will cause,” he insisted.
Mr. Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the White House announced at the same time.
Joe Bien “just spoke with Zelensky,” a White House spokesman said, adding that details of the discussion would be provided later.
The President of the United States, who specified that he would speak on Thursday on the “consequences” for Russia of this announcement and would meet the same day with his G7 counterparts, also promised that “the world will demand( it) accounts » from Moscow.
Several American elected officials on both sides have castigated Mr. Putin’s decision.
Democratic Senator Mark Warner, head of the Intelligence Committee, urged the United States and NATO to be “united” in dealing with “Putin’s attempts to revive the Russian empire at the expense of the Ukrainian people”.
“For more than 70 years we have avoided full-scale war in Europe. With his illegal invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin tragically ended decades of general peace,” he wrote.
Republican Senator Mitt Romney called on the United States and its allies to “protect freedom” by subjecting “Putin and Russia to the toughest economic sanctions, expelling them from global institutions and committing ourselves to the expansion and to the modernization of our national defence.
NATO Secretary General reacts
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday condemned Russia’s “reckless and unprovoked attack” on Ukraine, warning it was putting “countless” lives at risk.
“I strongly condemn Russia’s reckless and unprovoked attack on Ukraine, which puts countless civilian lives at risk. Once again, despite our repeated warnings and tireless diplomatic efforts, Russia has chosen the path of aggression against a sovereign and independent country,” Stoltenberg said in a statement.
“NATO Allies will come together to deal with the consequences of Russia’s aggressive actions. We stand with the Ukrainian people at this terrible time. NATO will do whatever it takes to protect and defend all allies,” he added.