Joe Biden’s Full Speech Denouncing Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine | NBC News

Joe Biden’s Full Speech Denouncing Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine | NBC News

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military has begun a brutal assault on the people of ukraine without provocation without justification without necessity this is a pre-meditated attack vladimir putin has been planning this for months as something that we've been saying all along he moved more than 175 000 troops military equipment and positions along the ukrainian border he moved blood supplies into position and built a field hospital which tells you all you need to know about his intentions all along he rejected every good faith effort the united states and our allies and partners made to address our mutual security concerns through dialogue to avoid needless conflict and avert human suffering for weeks for weeks we have been warning that this would happen and now it's unfolding largely as we predict it in the past week we've seen shelling increase in the donbass a region in eastern ukraine controlled by russian-backed separatists russia the russian government has perpetrated cyber attacks against ukraine we saw a staged political theater in moscow outlandish and baseless claims that ukraine was a ukraine was about to invade and launch a war against russia that ukraine was prepared to use chemical weapons the ukraine committed a genocide without any evidence we saw a flagrant violation of international law in attempting to unilaterally create two new so-called republics on sovereign ukrainian territory and at the very moment that the united nations security council is meeting to stand up for ukraine's sovereignty to stave off invasion putin declared his war within moments moments missile strikes began to fall on historic cities across ukraine then came the air raids followed by tanks and troops rolling in we've been transparent with the world we've shared declassified evidence about russia's plans and cyber attacks and false pretexts so there could be no confusion or cover-up about what putin was doing putin is the aggressor putin chose this war and now he and his country will bear the consequences today i'm authorizing additional strong sanctions and new limitations on what can be exported to russia this is going to impose severe cost on the russian economy both immediately and over time we have purposefully designed these sanctions to maximize the long-term impact on russia and to minimize the impact on the united states and our allies and i want to be clear the united states is not doing this alone for months we've been building a coalition of partners representing well more than half the global economy 27 members of the european union including france germany italy as well as the united kingdom canada japan australia new zealand and many others to amplify the joint impact of our response i just spoke with the g7 leaders this morning and we're in full and total agreement we will limit russia's ability to do business in dollars euros pounds and yen to be part of the global economy will limit their ability to do that we're going to stunt the ability of to finance and grow rush the russian military we're going to impose major and we're going to impair their ability to compete in high-tech 21st century economy we've already seen the impact of our actions on russia's currency in the ruble which early today hit its weakest level ever ever in history the russia stock market plunged today the russian government borrowing rates spiked by over 15 percent in today's actions we've now sanctioned russian banks that together hold around one trillion dollars in assets we've cut off russia's largest bank a bank that holds more than one-third of russia's banking assets by itself cut it off from the u.s financial system and today we're also blocking four more major banks that means every asset they have in america will be frozen this includes vtb the second largest bank in russia which has 250 billion dollars in assets as promised we're also adding the names to the list of russian elites and their family members that are sanctioning that were sanctioned as well as i said on tuesday these are people who personally gain from the kremlin's policies and they should share in the pain we will keep up this drumbeat of those designations against corrupt billionaires in the days ahead on tuesday we stopped the russian government from raising money from u.s or european investors now we're going to apply the same restrictions to russia's largest state-owned enterprises companies with assets that exceed 1.4 trillion dollars some of the most powerful impacts our actions will come over time as we squeeze russians access to finances and technology for strategic sectors of its economy and degrade its industrial capacity for years to come between our actions and those of our allies and partners we estimate that we'll cut off more than half of russia's high-tech imports it'll strike a blow to their ability to continue to modernize in the military it'll degrade their aerospace industry including their space program it'll hurt their ability to build ships reducing their ability to compete economically and it will be a major hit to putin's long-term strategic ambitions and we're preparing to do more in addition to the economic penalties we're imposing we're also taking steps to defend our nato allies particularly in the east tomorrow nato will convene a summit we'll be there to bring together the leaders of 30 allied nations and close partners to affirm our solidarity and to map out the next steps we will take to further strengthen all aspects of our nato alliance although we provided over 650 million dollars in defensive assistance to ukraine just this year this last year let me say it again our forces are not and will not be engaged in the conflict with russia in ukraine our forces are not going to europe to fight in ukraine but to defend our nato allies and reassure those allies in the east as i made crystal clear the united states will defend every inch of nato territory with the full force of american power and the good news is nato was more united and more determined than ever there is no doubt no doubt that the united states and every nato ally will meet our article five commitments which says an attack on one as an attack on all over the past few weeks ordered thousands of additional forces to germany and poland as part of our commitment to nato on tuesday in response to russia's aggressive action including his troop presence in belarus and the black sea i've authorized deployment of ground and air forces already stationed in europe to nato's eastern flank allies estonia latvia lithuania poland and romania our allies have also been stepping up adding the other allies the rest of nato adding their own forces and capabilities to ensure collective defense and today within hours of russia's unleashing its assault nato came together and authorized and activated an activation of response plans this will enable nato's high readiness forces to deploy and when and where they are needed to protect our nato allies on the eastern boundaries of europe and now i'm authorizing additional u.s force capabilities to deploy to germany as part of nato's response including some of the u.s based forces that the department of defense placed on standby weeks ago i've also spoken with defense secretary austin and chairman of joint chiefs general milley about preparations for additional moves should they become necessary to protect our nato allies and support the greatest military alliance in the history of the world nato as we respond my administration is using the tools every tools disposal protect american families and businesses from rising prices at the gas pump you know we're taking active steps to bring down the cost and american oil and gas companies should not should not exploit this moment to hike their prices to raise profits you know in our sanctions package we specifically designed to allow energy payments to continue we are closely monitoring energy supplies for any disruption we've been coordinating with major oil producing and consuming countries toward our common interest to secure global energy supplies we are actively working with countries around the world to elevate collective release from the strategic patrolling reserves of major energy consuming countries and the united states will release additional barrels of oil as conditions worn i know this is hard and that americans are already hurting i will do everything in my power to limit the pain the american people are feeling at the gas pump this is critical to me but this aggression cannot go unanswered if it did the consequences for america would be much worse america stands up to bullies we stand up for freedom this is who we are let me also repeat the warning i made last week if russia pursues cyber attacks against our companies our critical infrastructure we are prepared to respond for months we've been working closely with our pride with the private sector to harden our cyber defenses sharpen our ability to respond to russian cyber attacks as well i spoke last night to president zielinski of ukraine and i assured him that the united states together with our allies and partners in europe will support the ukrainian people as they defend their country will provide you humanitarian relief to ease their suffering in the early days of this conflict russia propaganda outlets will keep trying to hide the truth and claim success for its military operation against a made-up threat but history has shown time and again how swift gains in territory eventually give way to grinding occupations acts of mass civil mass civil disobedience and strategic dead ends the next few weeks and months we hard on the people of ukraine putin has unleashed a great pain on them but the ukrainian people have known 30 years of independence and they've repeatedly shown that they will not tolerate anyone who tries to take their country backwards this is a dangerous moment for all of europe for the freedom around the world putin has committed an assault on the very principles that uphold the global peace but now the entire world sees clearly what putin and his criminal and and his kremlin allies are really all about this was never about a genuine security concerns on their part it was always about naked aggression about putin's desire for empire by any means necessary by bullying russia's neighbors through coercion and corruption by changing borders by force and ultimately by choosing a war without a cause putin's action betrays sinister vision for the future of our world one more nations take what they want by force but it is a vision that the united states and freedom-loving nations everywhere will oppose with every tool of our considerable power the united states and our allies and partners will merge from this stronger more united more determined and more purposeful and putin's aggression against ukraine will end up costing russia dearly economically and strategically we will make sure that putin will be a pariah on the international stage any nation the accountant as russia's naked aggression against ukraine will be stained by association and the history of this area is written putin's choice to make a totally unjustifiable war on ukraine will have left russia weaker and the rest of the world stronger liberty democracy human dignity these are the forces far more powerful than fear and oppression they cannot be extinguished by tyrants like putin and his armies they cannot be erased by people from people's hearts and hopes by any amount of violence and intimidation they endure in the contest between democracy and autocracy between sovereignty and subjugation make no mistake freedom will prevail god bless the people of a free and democratic ukrainian may god protect our troops associated press [Music] any plans zeke speak with president putin at this point and what interactions do you have with the russian government i heard the first part do i have any plans to speak with putin at this point and what what communications have you had with the kremlin as far as uh military offers ukraine and making sure this does not spiral into a larger conflict well it's a large conflict already the way we're going to ensure it's not going to aspire to a larger conflict is by providing all the forces needed in the eastern european nations that are members of nato nato is more united than it's ever been and i have no plans to talk with putin [Music] wall street journal tarina mr president you didn't mention swift in your sanctions that you announced is there a reason why the us uh isn't doing that is there disagreement among allies um regarding swift and whether russia should be allowed to be part of it the sanctions that we've proposed on all their banks of equal consequence maybe more consequence than swift number one number two uh it is always an option but right now that's not the position that the rest of europe wishes to take um cecilia vega abc sir sanctions clearly have not been enough to deter vladimir putin to this point what is going to stop him how and when does this end and do you see him trying to go beyond ukraine and a second question i'll just give to you now this statement that he gave last night will that the what the threat that he gave the west will face consequences greater than any you have faced in history is he threatening a nuclear strike i have no idea what he's threatening i know what he has done number one number two no one expected the sanctions to prevent anything from happening it has to show this going to take time and we have to show resolve so he knows what's coming and so the people of russia know what he's brought on them that's what this is all about this is going to take time it's not going to occur he's going to say oh my god these sanctions are coming i'm going to stand down he's going to test the resolve of the west to see if we stay together and we will we will and will impose significant costs on him will he go beyond ukraine sir do you see him going yes two topics just really quick first markets are down and gas prices are up i know you always stress the difference between wall street and main street but everybody seems to be in for some economic pain how economically painful is it going to get for people in this country and i do have one more question first of all there's no doubt that when a major nuclear power attacks and invades another country that the world is going to respond and markets can respond all over the world so there's no doubt about that number one number two the notion that this is going to last for a long time is highly unlikely as long as we continue to stay resolved and imposing the sanctions we're going to impose on russia period what's your next question i'm sorry the next question is did you underestimate putin and would you still describe them the way that you did in the summer as a worthy adversary at the time he was i made it clear as an adversary and i said he was worthy i didn't underestimate him and i've read most of everything he's written did you read i shouldn't say i'm not a wise guy the you you heard the speech he made almost an hour's worth of speech is why he was going into ukraine he has much larger ambitions in ukraine he wants to in fact reestablish the former soviet union that's what this is about and i think that his uh his ambitions uh are are completely contrary to the place where the rest of the world has arrived you're confident that these devastating sanctions are going to be as devastating as russian missiles and bullets and tanks yes russian bullets missiles and tanks in ukraine yes i am thank you president if sanctions cannot stop president putin what penalty can i didn't say sanctions couldn't stop him you've been talking about the threat of these sanctions for several weeks now yes but the threat of the sanctions and imposing the sanctions and seeing the effect of the sanctions are two different things or two different things and we're now going to he's going to begin to see the effect of the sanctions and what will that do how will that change his mindset here given he's so weak in his country that he'll have to make a very very difficult choices the weather to continue to move toward being a second-rate power or in fact respond you said in recent weeks that big nations cannot bluff when it comes to something like this you recently said the idea of personally sanctioning president putin was on the table is that a step that you're prepared to take and if not that's on the table sanctioning president putin yes why not sanction him today sir mr president why not sanction him today mr president if i can you detailed some severe and swift new sanctions today and said the impact it will have over time but given the full-scale invasion given that you're not pursuing disconnecting russia from what's called swift the international banking system or other sanctions at your disposal respectfully sir what more are you waiting for specifically with the sanctions we've imposed exceed swift the sanctions we oppose exceed anything that's ever been done the sanctions we imposed have generated two-thirds of the world joining us they are profound sanctions let's have a conversation in another month or so to see if they're working yes can i ask you about delansky sir you spoke to vladimir zolensky yesterday sir what's the what's the risk that we are watching the beginning of another cold war and is there now a complete rupture in u.s and

russian relations there is a complete rupture right now in u.s russian relations if they continue on this path that they're on and in terms of a cold war that depends you have the vast majority of the rest of the world and total opposition to what he's doing from asia to south america to europe to around the world and so it's going to be a cold day for russia the idea you don't see a whole lot of people coming to his defense and are you are you if i could follow up sir are you urging china to help isolate russia are you urging china to help isolate russia i'm not prepared to comment on that at the moment [Applause] [Music] yeah no no no he's had his hand up a long time thank you mr president how concerned are you that uh putin wants to go beyond ukraine into other countries and the u.s will have to get involved if he moves into nato countries well if he did move into nato countries he will be involved we will be involved the only thing that i'm convinced of is if we don't stop now he'll be emboldened if we don't move against him now with these significant sanctions he will be emboldened hey look you know every uh well anyway and can you talk anything more about your conversation can you keep mr president mr president [Music] why not why not sanction putin directly india which is a major defense partner of the united states is the india with fully with you on the issue of ukraine and russia does the defense department of the united states so india is one of your major defense partners is india fully in sync with united states on on russia we're going to be we're in consultation with with india today we haven't resolved that completely okay thank you all very much [Applause] [Music] my press colleagues certainly hungry for questions and answers and a lot frankly to to go through here the president uh addressing the nation one more time announcing a whole new round of sanctions he calls them significant sanctions that will make it difficult designed to make it difficult for russia to operate in the marketplace and make financial trans transactions across the world there are export limitations the president talking about things that would maximize the long-term impact on russia the president addressing the nation after meeting with g7 leaders uh suggesting there's not a lot of daylight between the partners of uh moving russia out of the swift banking system that's a intermediary that allows banks to transfer funds between each other that that necessarily doesn't have the full support of allies but he says the uh the sanctions they've announced exceed moving against that swift membership let's bring in nbc news chief white house correspondent kristin welker kristen i just kicked off a couple of the headlines here a lot packed into this briefing there is a lot to unpack lester and i think that you hit some of the big highlights here let's talk about what happened and what didn't happen president biden announcing strong new sanctions against some of the largest financial institutions in russia that on top of the sanctions that he announced against financial institutions earlier this week he also announced that they are targeting elites oligarchs who are close to vladimir putin all of this will have an impact on putin himself and he announced new sanctions on export controls that is something that could impact russia's aerospace and defense system so the president making the case look these are robust they are in consultation with our allies and partners and so they will bite but what he didn't do what you underscored lester and what peter pressed the president on why not kick russia out of swift right now this is something that democrats and republicans have been calling for and he said that look there has been disagreement among some of the european allies about taking this step why because their economies are so intertwined with russia and they're concerned that ultimately it could hurt their economies as well so that is something that they continue to grapple with i thought it was significant that you heard the president defend his strategy and say that what is still on the table is sanctioning putin himself he is getting a number of calls to sanction putin himself again from democrats and republicans adam schiff saying overnight what is the president waiting for why not do this now he's of course a top democrat and republicans have four weeks been calling on the president to get tougher so you really heard him defend why he believes this strategy is working he says it's not a deterrent but ultimately ultimately he thinks that it will have an impact and then finally lester i would just note that he braced americans for more pain at the pump and when it comes to inflation with prices rising on everything from gas to groceries lester kirsten welker thanks the president also noting a movement of more u.s forces into different parts of europe stressing that americans will not become involved on the ground in ukraine but they continue to want to bolster nato allies and deter russia from moving beyond uh beyond ukraine right now uh we know that there are reports of fighting and attacks virtually across the whole of ukraine by russian forces aerial attacks as well as on the ground and there have been reports of casualties on both sides joining us now from moscow is nbc news senior international correspondent kier simmons uh kier you have to wonder if vladimir putin had already baked in the pain and the cost of these sanctions what's the reaction there well the kremlin would have been watching closely leicester i heard some russian banks named there by the president vtb bank for example that are crucial to the russian economy so uh clearly uh that will have some impact that being said the issue that uh kristen was talking about there about whether russia will be removed from the swift system i think the kremlin will pay attention to those remarks from the president that there does appear to be uh some kind of a gap between the view uh in washington and the view in europe the kremlin will be latching on to that i think that's one issue i think another issue though tonight lester is exactly how much does president putin understand and know what is he being told by his advisors we saw him just today meeting with business leaders and leicester he told them russia remains a part of the global economy we are not going to damage the system of the world economy in which we ourselves exist it raises the question and this is a question that many are asking that inner circle around president putin are they giving him the advice that he needs or are they giving him the words the advice that he wants to hear we saw just earlier this week president putin dressing down a senior intelligence officer someone he has known for decades a former member of the kgb when you think about the way president putin treats even his inner circle again it's raising this question as this uh conflict plays out in ukraine and remember president putin is making all of the decisions here are the people around him telling him exactly what he needs to know are they giving him a rosy picture of how this may play out i think that is a question for the conflict and it's a question for the economic picture too as people here in moscow leicester going to the banks today to try to withdraw dollars because of the crashing currency here in russia gear simmons thank you for very much an economic battlefield and then a real battlefield certainly in ukraine right now that's where nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard angle joins us richard you're moving into another night what are you hearing what are you seeing what do you expect so as as we were talking earlier before the president came out there had been speculation before this began that putin might take a small option that he might just take a piece of ukraine potentially a piece that russia already held the separatist held area but when we woke up this morning we woke up to the news that the the war was beginning it was clear that this was a total campaign uh russian forces first began with airstrikes and then they moved in from the south from the north from the east and initially throughout most of the day they were targeting military targets they were targeting uh air airfields uh satellite uh facilities uh radar installations but now as as we are approaching night two or uh the second period of darkness uh of this of this conflict uh the the it seems that the russian forces who've poured into this country on tanks are making their way toward population setters still in those three directions one from the south one from the east and another from the north and the the the three cities primarily are the main cities here in the south including mariopol kharkiv in uh in the east and the the capital of kiev and there are great concerns about what will happen when russian troops reach this city russian troops are already right now approaching some of the outer areas of kiev after having taken an airfield to the north of the city so i think we're at at an inflection point right now where the first phase of this operation was to blunt the ukrainian military and then the next might be to either pressure the cities or occupy the cities with the goal of toppling the government and and finally i think one thing that that struck out to me in listening to president uh biden was that he's anticipating that based on what he was saying that this could be a prolonged conflict for russia that even after the military is potentially uh no longer able to put up a a face-to-face fight because the russian military has an overwhelming uh superiority that there will be a period of weeks or months he said when you could see civil unrest where there will be a resistance movement in this country and that is that would be a a a an afghanistan like experience that both the united states and russia shared richard angle inside ukraine richard thank you very much another headline for the president's remarks we should point out is the president saying the u.s is prepared to respond to any cyber attacks uh that russia may launch this way in retaliation for those new sanctions i want to bring in nbc news national security and military affairs correspondent courtney cooby who was at the pentagon and courtney we don't really have a picture of this giant battlefield this is a huge country we're talking about somewhere i guess close to the state of of texas but what do we know about all those forces we've been watching gather over the weeks and months the tanks the uh the amphibious units uh the the potential airborne troops what do we know about their disposition and what's happening on the ground so we know that they have been arrayed all around ukraine you know really surrounding it on nearly all sides for a matter of weeks now and it's not just the tremendous number of forces there we've heard everywhere from 175 to 190 000 total russian forces there but it's really the capabilities that have gotten u.s officials and defense officials who i've spoken with who they're really concerned about among those capabilities that they're worried about are cruise missiles now we've already seen vladimir putin unleash somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 missiles on ukraine in just this opening salvo in addition to that he used 75 military planes that's fixed wing bombers fighter attack aircraft on a number of airstrikes and and we should point out that was all over the country it was not just in the east while it was concentrated mainly in the east it was all over the country some of the targets included military defenses barracks ammo depots airfields taking out the ukrainian military aircraft so far defense officials don't have any assessment on casualties civilian uh ukrainian military or even russian military but they are watching that that's something that they're trying to get a better sense of it seems as if what we saw happen overnight lester was sort of the very opening beginning part of this military kinetic phase of this military campaign what that means is the defense officials are concerned that this is really just the beginning of what vladimir putin has planned in ukraine they expect to see more cruise short range medium-range ballistic missile strikes in the coming hours and days one of the concerns is that vladimir putin may decide to to go after some ukrainian civilian population centers and what that means is in the effort to go after both ukrainian military and ukrainian government infrastructure some of those are located where ukrainian civilians are living there's a very real concern that that could lead to casualties among civilians in the coming days and weeks ahead that's something that we're watching for despite the fact that it doesn't seem as if there's ongoing cruise missile and air strikes right now there is a very real belief according to a us military assessment that those are still going to be ongoing in the coming days lester and courtney one of the things we talked about prior to the attack was that russia would likely do some kind of electronic warfare to essentially punch the lights out you noted when i was talking to richard the lights were on he had communications what do we know about that yeah that's right so one of the ascen the assessment among the us military was that there would be a large-scale cyber and electronic warfare campaign in advance of this kinetic phase we did see some cyber attacks but the electronic warfare or the jamming didn't really materialize a senior defense official said it's not outside the realm of possible that that will still happen but what's interesting is we actually saw that materialize the fact that they didn't use that jamming in a widespread manner we saw that materialize and how the ukrainian military was able to respond and defend against this initial salvo investment u.s military assessment was

that if they used this jamming in this cyber it would really decentralize the ukrainian military's response or their defenses because the the russians didn't do that the ukrainian military was actually able to mount a pretty uh stable and robust response to the russian offenses overnight the question is will russia see that and then respond with jamming in the coming days we should also point out though lester you know we heard a little bit from president biden about some additional u.s troop deployments well a senior defense official is now saying that president at the president's direction secretary austin has authorized 7 000 more u.s troops to move forward to germany in the coming days these will most likely be used either for additional unilateral deployments into the baltic area or potentially if the nato response force is activated all right courtney cubie with a lot of information there from the pentagon thank you i want to go to nbc news national security security analyst jeremy bash jeremy give us your assessment of where things stand right now and where they may go based on what the president laid out well yesterday lester 40 million ukrainian citizens were living in a democracy and today they're living under a russian occupation and so the president's very muscular determined speech i think laid out exactly what's at stake it's not only about imposing economic costs on the russian federation which today's announcements will do but also the president said that putin's ambitions go beyond ukraine and he wants to reestablish the soviet empire and the president said the united states of america is fully committed to stopping that from happening so lester today i think you know it's a consequential day because the post-cold war era is definitively over and the president today made clear the united states is going to oppose the russian federation of vladimir putin in its effort to re-establish that empire well but let me stop you there that that the russians are in ukraine the president didn't seem to offer any idea that these sanctions would suddenly make these tanks turn around and go the other way so is all this really aimed at protecting nato now basically saying you cross this line you got away with it you don't get to cross the next line which would put you in direct conflict with nato and the u.s

definitively lester we're drawing a line at the nato article five countries those countries that we are duty-bound under our mutual treaty to defend but i think also the sanctions are designed to raise the costs on putin i think over time through arming the ukrainians we're going to impose other costs hopefully drive him out eventually but i don't think anybody's under any illusions and the president seemed pretty clear-eyed this is going to go on for a long time russia will be in ukraine but they're going to pay a very heavy price jeremy bash thank you the economic fallout of the overseas attacks already hitting home here in the u.s from the markets to gas prices nbc news senior business analyst stephanie rule joins me with that stephanie the president uh pointed out that it's it's natural it's expected that some kind of large world event like this would rock the markets is this one following in historical expectations or something more we should be alarmed about absolutely any huge development any big disruption is going to create volatility in the markets and the most important thing to remember investors like predictability lester they want to know if it's going to rain or be sunny tomorrow and a very clear message from the president we don't know what putin is going to do but as the president said he has his sights set beyond ukraine and that's why you see investors pulling out because it's very unpredictable what we're going to get out of putin one thing we heard over and over people were asking the president why not shut down swift the united states government doesn't control swift right it's basically an email system it it controls of thousands and thousands of financial institutions over 200 countries it's not like the us government can just turn it off something notable that meeting vladimir putin had with all of those russian oligarchs pay attention to who they are because we say all the time putin doesn't care if his economy suffers about the russian people he cares about those oligarchs many of them are the ones who control those banks that are getting all right thank you stephanie that concludes our special report on russia's attack on ukraine we continue to follow this story and of course as events warrant we'll pop right back on the air with the very latest and of course a complete wrap up when i see you a bit later on nbc nightly news i'm lester holt in new york good day everyone

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