Biden to U.S. troops: you are fighting for democracy against oligarchs
U.S. President Joe Biden told troops stationed in Poland on Friday (March 25) they play a key role in the fight against autocrats.
"We're in the midst of, and I don't want to sound too philosophical, but you're in the midst of a fight between democracies and oligarchs," Joe Biden told soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division in eastern Poland's Rzeszów.
"The world ain't going to be the same, not because of Ukraine, but, not gonna be the same 10, 15 years from now in terms of our organisational structures. The question is, who's gonna prevail? Our democracy is going to prevail and the values we share? Or are autocracies gonna prevail? And that's really what's at stake. So what you're doing is consequential, really consequential, U.S. president added.
"I spent a lot of time in Ukraine when I was a senator and Vice-President. I've spoken to the Rada (parliament) in the days when they in fact didn't have what you'd call democracy and I was there in the Maidan when the former leader (former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych) had to take off and head into Russia," he said
Biden also praised the Ukrainian people, saying they had a "lot of backbone and a lot of guts".
Earlier he chatted and ate pizza with soldiers and was then due to attend a briefing - alongside Polish President Andrzej Duda - on the humanitarian response brought to victims of Russian attacks in Ukraine, and to refugees fleeing war.
Źródło: TVN24 News in English, Reuters