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Biden Blames Putin Over Navalny’s Death, “Putin is responsible”

President Joe Biden delivered a strong condemnation of Russian President Vladimir Putin following the reported death of prominent opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Biden accused Putin of being directly responsible for Navalny’s demise, emphasizing the need for accountability and unity in the face of Russian aggression.

Biden Holds Putin Accountable

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President Biden expressed both outrage and lack of surprise at the news of Alexei Navalny’s death in Russian custody.

Speaking from the Roosevelt Room, Biden firmly placed the blame on Putin, asserting that the Russian leader bears responsibility for Navalny’s fate.

He added: “Make no mistake: Putin is responsible for Navalny’s death.”

Navalny’s Death as Proof of Putin’s Brutality

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Highlighting Navalny’s courage in opposing Putin’s regime, Biden characterized Navalny’s death as further evidence of Putin’s brutality.

He condemned Putin’s track record of targeting dissenters both within Russia and abroad and talked about the need for international condemnation of such actions.

Biden’s Tribute to Navalny

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Biden also added that “people across Russia and around the world are mourning Navalny today, because he was so many things that Putin was not.”

He added, “He was brave. He was principled. He was dedicated to building a Russia where the rule of law existed and where it applied to everybody.”

Consequences for Putin

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When questioned about potential consequences for Putin and Russia, Biden cited the significant toll already inflicted.

He pointed to the losses and sanctions Russia has faced, particularly in the context of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, signaling ongoing considerations for further measures.

International Response

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Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken engaged with Navalny’s wife, Yulia, at the Munich Security Conference.

Yulia Navalnaya called for global solidarity in holding the Russian regime accountable for Navalny’s death, urging collective action against Putin’s government.

Critique of Trump’s Comments on NATO

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President Biden criticized former President Donald Trump for recent remarks on NATO.

Trump had said that he would encourage Putin’s Russia to “do whatever the hell they want” if NATO members didn’t contribute enough defense funds.

Call for NATO Unity

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In response to Trump’s remarks, Biden emphasized the importance of NATO unity in deterring Russian threats.

He reassured allies of America’s steadfast commitment to defending NATO territory, urging greater cohesion in confronting the challenges posed by Putin’s Russia.

Disapproval of Congressional Inaction

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Expressing frustration with Congress, Biden criticized lawmakers for delaying further aid to Ukraine.

He condemned the House’s failure to address a Senate-passed foreign aid bill, which includes crucial support for Ukraine amidst the ongoing conflict with Russia.

Reliable Ally

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Biden underscored the urgency of standing as a reliable ally to Ukraine and other nations facing Russian aggression.

He expressed dismay at Congress’s perceived lack of action, stressing the need for steadfast support in times of crisis.

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