Biden warns of broader Russian threat, vowing to 'stand strong' for Ukraine

President Biden reaffirms unwavering US support for Ukraine during French state visit. (Photo/AFP)

President Joe Biden has vowed Washington was "standing strong" with Ukraine as French counterpart Emmanuel Macron hosted him on a state visit shadowed by Kiev's fight against Russia and the looming US election.

Speaking after visiting Normandy earlier this week to mark 80 years since D-Day, Biden repeatedly emphasised the value of America's European alliances in a swipe at his more isolationist election rival Donald Trump.

With Ukraine struggling to repel Russian advances over two years into the war and in desperate need of greater Western military aid, Biden insisted that under his rule the United States would not flinch in its support.

"Putin is not going to stop at Ukraine," Biden said alongside Macron after talks at the Elysee Palace on Saturday.

"All of Europe will be threatened, we are not going to let that happen," Biden said.

"The United States is standing strong with Ukraine. We will not, I say it again, walk away," he added.

Biden, 81, is set to face his Republican rival and predecessor Trump later this year in presidential elections that commentators predict will subject US democracy to a severe test.

Trump has also signalled his lack of interest in international organisations including NATO and previously boasted he could solve the Ukraine conflict within 24 hours if elected.

'We got it done'

Macron, 46, emphasised the unity with the United States under Biden and expressed gratitude for his counterpart's approach to Europe.

"I thank you, Mr President, for being the president of the world's number one power but doing it with the loyalty of a partner who likes and respects the Europeans," he said.

He said Paris and Washington also shared the same views on Iran, accusing Tehran of pursuing a "strategy of escalation at all levels".

"Our two countries are determined to exert the necessary pressure to stop this trend," he said.

Biden has been in France since Wednesday and took part in this week's commemorations marking the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in northern France involving US, British, Canadian and other foreign troops that changed the course of World War II.

Also invited to the ceremonies was Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who told Biden in a bilateral meeting on Friday that Kiev was counting on "shoulder-to-shoulder" support.

Expressing regret over how an aid package for Ukraine was held up in the US legislature, Biden said: "I wish we could have done it when we wanted to six months earlier but we got it done."


Source: TRT