In an impressive display of firmness and grit, President Biden made it clear at the recent G7 summit in Hiroshima: America is not intimidated by Russia’s barks. It’s a stark departure from the approach of his predecessor, Donald Trump, who seemed to court Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s favor.
When asked about Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko’s comments suggesting that Western nations would face “colossal risks” if they supplied Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets, Biden issued a clear and definitive response: “It is for them.” Cool, collected, and void of appeasement, this was Biden’s Dark Knight moment on the international stage.
In contrast, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was also in attendance at the summit, focusing on securing more financial aid to resist Russian aggression. And the U.S., under Biden’s leadership, came through for its ally.
In a significant move, Biden committed up to $375 million in military assistance to Kyiv. Addressing Zelenskyy directly, he underscored America’s unwavering support: “We’re doing everything possible to strengthen Ukraine’s defenses to defeat Russia,” he assured, according to The Guardian.
“Together with the entire G7, we have Ukraine’s back, and I promise we’re not going anywhere,” he continued. It was a commitment that extended not just to the aid package but also to the provision of fighter jets. Biden confirmed that the jets would only be used within Ukraine, wherever Russian troops are present.
In comparison, Trump’s actions during his presidency could be interpreted as more yielding towards Russia. Biden, on the other hand, is taking a distinctly different path. Standing firm, showing unwavering support to allies, and not bending to Russian threats – this is the new U.S. stance under Biden, a turn that surely piques the interest and approval of progressive and millennial readers everywhere.