Biden’s photo op in Ukraine had some major consequences.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced he will withdraw from a key nuclear treaty with the United States.
Putin stated Russia will start to initiate the process of withdrawing Moscow’s participation in New START which is a nuclear treaty between the United States and Russia.
Putin’s move came shortly after Biden visited Ukraine and proceeded to give a speech in Poland.
Russia announced today they are suspending participation in the Nuclear-Weapons treaty with the US.
Who fears the Democrats are leading us closer to WWIII?
— TEAM USA 🇺🇸 (@__TEAM_USA) February 21, 2023
Suspension of New START Treaty
NATO countries are demanding access to inspect 🇷🇺's strategic nuclear sites, even as these countries are involved in the conflict in 🇺🇦 by providing weapons, intelligence and training to the Kyiv regime. Putin called it 'a theatre of the absurd'. pic.twitter.com/EgNLaQYwPM
— Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil (@ivan_8848) February 21, 2023
USA Today had more details to add:
Tensions between the U.S. and the Kremlin ratcheted up Tuesday ahead of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s war in Ukraine as Vladimir Putin vowed to pull Russia back from a key nuclear treaty and President Joe Biden reaffirmed the U.S. and its allies won’t back down.
Putin’s move came on the heels of a surprise and historic visit by Biden to Kyiv on Monday. In a nearly two-hour speech to both houses of the Russian Parliament, Putin said he was suspending Moscow’s participation in New START, a strategic nuclear arms reduction treaty between the U.S. and Russia.
Putin said he was taking action because of the U.S. and NATO, without specifying more. “In this regard, I am forced to announce today that Russia is suspending its participation in the strategic offensive arms treaty,” he said.
Less than 800 miles away, Biden followed with his own speech in Warsaw.
He said Putin thought Ukraine would “roll over” when he invaded with tanks a year ago, but “he was wrong” because of the bravery of Ukrainians and “iron will” of nations everywhere that have come to Ukraine’s aid.
“One year ago, the world was bracing for the fall of Kyiv,” Biden said. “Well, I just came from visiting Kyiv, and I can report, Kyiv stands strong. Kyiv stands proud. It stands tall. And most importantly, it stands free.”
Putin just abandoned a 2011 nuclear treaty with the USA.
Not only is the Biden Administration failing domestically, but foreign affairs are also a complete mess.
This is not what the “adults in the room” was supposed to look like.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) February 21, 2023
Fox News got the scoop too:
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that Russia was pulling back from the New START treaty with the United States which reduces and limits each country’s nuclear arsenal.
“In this regard, I am forced to announce today that Russia is suspending its participation in the strategic offensive arms treaty,” Putin said in his annual address to the nation, just one day after President Biden made a surprise visit to Ukraine.
In his long-delayed state-of-the-nation address, Putin cast Russia and Ukraine as victims of Western double-dealing. He said Russia, not Ukraine, was the one fighting for its very existence.
The speech reiterated a litany of grievances that the Russian leader has frequently offered as justification for the widely condemned war and ignored international demands to pull back from occupied areas in Ukraine.
Here was Biden’s response to Putin withdrawing from the treaty:
"Mr. President, any reaction to Putin pulling out of New START [nuclear treaty]?"
BIDEN: "I don't have time" pic.twitter.com/um4YEE3zsd
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 22, 2023
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