Biden Says Putin Miscalculated Russia’s Ability To Occupy Ukraine
On Tuesday, US Vice President Joe Biden said he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin miscalculated Russia's ability to occupy Ukraine. During a rare television interview, Vice President Biden expressed the views of his administration to find what he termed an "off-ramp" for Putin to deescalate his invasion of Ukraine without resorting to nuclear weapons.
I think he is a rational actor who has miscalculated significantly.- Biden said
In unusually direct remarks last week, Vice President Joe Biden said that the world is on the brink of "Armageddon" due to Putin's threats to use nuclear weapons to aid Russia in its failing attempt to take over large parts of Ukraine.
After he lost a string of military battles in the invasion he started in February, there has been a lot of talk about Russian President Putin's mental health. CNN released Biden's comments before airing the interview later on Tuesday, and he said that he thought Putin was rational but had underestimated the fierceness of Ukrainian defiance.
I think ... he thought he was going to be welcomed with open arms, that this was the home of Mother Russia in Kyiv, and where he was going to be welcomed, and I think he just totally miscalculated.- Biden said
In recent weeks, Ukrainian forces on both the southern and eastern fronts have been making gains against Russian troops. In a counteroffensive that began at the end of last month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced on Friday that his troops had recaptured nearly 2,500 square kilometers.
On the other hand, the Ukrainian defense ministry said on Monday that Russia had responded with a massive bombardment, hitting Kyiv and other cities for the first time in months.
Vice President Biden talked to CNN a few hours after a virtual meeting with members of the Group of Seven industrialized nations. During that meeting, Zelenskyy stressed how important it was to do more to "create an air shield for Ukraine" in response to Russian attacks with cruise missiles and drones.
After what happened on Monday, the US said it would send more air defenses to Ukraine, and Germany said it would send the first Iris-T missile shield "in the coming days." This shield is said to be able to protect a city.
In the meantime, the United States led a full-scale effort to get as many countries as possible to support a United Nations resolution that condemned Moscow's annexation of Ukrainian regions.
We believe the time has long passed for neutrality. There is no such thing as neutrality in a situation like this.- Ned Price, a spokesperson for the US Department of State, said
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Ukraine has put forward a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly, which is expected to vote on it on Wednesday or Thursday. The West thinks that this resolution will show that Putin's Russia is isolated around the world. Biden is open to questions from the media, but he hasn't given many newsconferences or one-on-one TV interviews.
In the last weeks before the midterm elections, he has been increasingly prominent as he travels the country praising Democratic legislative victories and criticizing "MAGA Republicans"—supporters of former president Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" plan.
In September, he gave an interview with CBS. In that interview, he made headlines by saying that the COVID-19 outbreak was over and reiterating that the US was ready to protect Taiwan from a Chinese invasion.
On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden left open the possibility of diplomacy with Russia to end the invasion of Ukraine, saying he would not rule out meeting with President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming G20 summit in Bali. The member states of the United Nations are currently debating a resolution that Ukraine brought to the General Assembly. The goal of the resolution is to show how isolated Putin's Russia is internationally. A vote is expected on Wednesday or Thursday.