Vice President Joe Biden gave his final major speech as VP at the World Economic Forum. Where he spoke about the importance of the U.S. and Europe working together to denounce what he framed as fundamentally different visions between the West and Russia over the future of the world order.
“Russia is working with every tool available to them to whittle away at the edges of the European project, test for fault lines among Western nations, and return to a politics defined by spheres of influence,” Biden said.
Biden expressed his concern. He warned of a continued clash over Western ideals, tactically rejected platforms laid out by Trump and others like him, and stressed the importance of NATO in the face of Russian aggression.
“I’m here today to issue a call to action: We cannot wait for others to write the future they hope to see,” he said. “The United States and Europe has to lead the fight to defend the values that have brought us to where we are today.”
He went on to talk about Russia’s plans to directly get involved in other countries’ elections, as they did with America’s election. And he scolded Russia as seeking to impose its will through “military might, corruption, or criminality.”
“Their purpose is clear — to collapse the liberal international order,” Biden said. “Simply put, Russia has a different vision for the future, which they are pursuing across the board.”
“They seek a return to a world where the strong impose their will through military might, corruption, or criminality — while weaker neighbors fall in line,” he added.
He went on to speak about the importance of our allies, after Trump insulted NATO and the German government.
“The single greatest bulwark for our transatlantic partnership is the unshakable commitment of the United States to all our NATO allies,” he said. “An attack on one is an attack on all. That can never be called into question.”
Biden plans on being an advocate and make his voice be heard. “I will continue to use my voice and my power as a citizen, doing whatever I can to keep our transatlantic alliance strong and vibrant, ” he said.
“Because our common future depends upon it.”