US President Joe Biden believes that Russia is trying to weaken NATO and the “European project”, reports TASS, citing his video link speech at the Munich Security Conference.
Biden noted that the challenge coming from the Russian Federation is “different than the one coming from China, but it is just as real.”
The American leader accused Moscow of involvement in cyber attacks on Western countries, and also called it “vital” for Europe and the United States to defend Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
According to Biden, the United States and the European Union should maintain the transatlantic partnership as the cornerstone of international cooperation. In addition, the White House called for minimizing risks in the field of strategic stability and nuclear nonproliferation.
“Therefore, the United States and Russia, despite their competition, extended the new START Treaty for another five years,” Biden explained.
In turn, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated the need for a common transatlantic agenda in relations with Russia. She also reaffirmed Germany’s commitment to the NATO agreement on the allocation of 2% of GDP for defense and noted that in 2021 funding will be increased to a record 53.03 billion euros.
We will remind, earlier the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Grushko stated that NATO is using the factor “threat from the East” to maintain unity in the alliance itself. In his opinion, this does not contribute to the strengthening of either European or Euro-Atlantic security.