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‘Putin's useful lackey’. Biden reacts to Trump's statement about encouraging Russia to attack NATO

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden called former President Donald Trump "Putin's lackey" over his statement about encouraging Russia to attack low-contributing NATO member states, Biden wrote on his X (formerly Twitter) on Feb. 12.

"You want to know why Ukraine is important?” Biden wrote. “Because as you can see, Putin and his useful lackeys have their eyes on bigger prizes."

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During a speech in South Carolina on Feb. 10, Trump suggested he would "encourage" Russia to act against any NATO allies perceived as not fulfilling their financial obligations. Trump recounted a hypothetical conversation where he responded negatively to a country's request for protection against Russian aggression due to payment delinquencies.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg responded to Trump's statement, stressing that it weakens the collective security foundation NATO stands on. “Any suggestion that allies will not defend each other undermines all of our security, including that of the US, and puts American and European soldiers at increased risk,” Stoltenberg stated. “I expect that regardless of who wins the presidential election, the US will remain a strong and committed NATO ally."

The Biden administration condemned Trump's comments through White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates, describing them as "appalling and unhinged." Bates argued that Trump's stance threatens American national security, global peace, and the domestic economy by encouraging aggression from hostile regimes towards allied nations.

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