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full coverage on c-span now. >> president biden addresses the state of the union address live tuesday, march one at 8 p.m. eastern on c-span, c-span.org or the c-span now video app. ♪ >> president biden this afternoon called for diplomacy to resolve tensions between russia and ukraine and said nato is not a threat to russia.
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he spoke from the east room of the white house. pres. biden: good afternoon. today i would like to provide an update on the crisis involving russia and ukraine. from the beginning of this crisis, i have been absolutely clear and consistent. the united states is prepared, no matter what happens. we are ready with diplomacy, to engage in diplomacy with russia and our allies and partners to improve stability and security in europe as a whole and we are ready to respond decisively to
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russian attacks on ukraine. which is still very much a possibility. all of the events over the last few weeks and months, this has been our approach. it remains our approach now. so today, i want to speak to the american people about the situation on the ground, the steps we have taken, the actions we are prepared to take, and what this sayest rest and the -- what's at stake for us and the world -- says for us and the world and how this may impact us at home. for weeks, together our allies and partners, my administration has engaged in nonstop diplomacy. this week and i spoke again with president putin to make clear that we are ready to keep pursuing high-level diplomacy to reach understanding among russia, united states and the nation of your to address -- the nations of europe to to address security concerns. their security concerns and hours. -- and ours.
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president putin and i agreed that our team should continue to engage along with our european allies and partners. yesterday, the russian government public propose to continue the policy -- the diplomacy, i agree. we should give the diplomacy every chance to succeed. i believe there are real ways to address our security concerns. the united states has put on the table, concrete ideas to establish the security environment in europe. we are proposed new arms measures, transparency measures, new strategic stability measures. these measures apply to all parties, nato and russia alike. we are willing to make practical steps that can advance our common security. we will not sacrifice basic principles. nations have a right to sovereignty and territorial integrity. they have the freedom to set their own course and choose with whom they will associate.
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that still leaves plenty of room for diplomacy and de-escalation. that is the best way for all parties in our view. we will continue our diplomatic efforts in close consultation with our allies and our partners. as long as there is hope in diplomatic resolution that prevents the use of awards and -- the use of force and avoids human suffering that will follow, we will pursue it. the russian defense minister reported today that some military units aren't leaving -- are leaving their positions near ukraine. that would be good, but we have not yet verified that. we have not verified the russian military units are returning to their home bases. indeed, our analysts indicate that they remain very much in a threatening position. the fact remains that russia has more than 150,000 troops circling ukraine and belarus, along ukraine's border. an invasion remains distinctly
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possible. that is why i have asked several times that all americans and -- in ukraine leave now before it is too late to leave safely. it is why we have temporarily relocated our embassy from kyiv. we have been transparent with the american people with the word about russia's plans and the seriousness of the situation so that everyone could see for themselves what is happening. we have shared what we know, and what we are doing about it. let me be equally clear about what we are not doing. the united states and nato are not a threat to russia. ukraine is not a threat to russia. neither the u.s. or nato have muscles in ukraine. -- have missiles in ukraine. we do not, we do not have plans
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to put them there as well. we are not targeting to people of russia. we do not seek to destabilize russia. to the citizens of russia, you are not our enemy. i do not believe that you want a buddy to stop the war against -- a bloody destructive war against ukraine. 77 years ago our people fault and sacrifice side-by-side the worst war in history, world war ii was a or of necessity. but if russia attacked ukraine, it will be a war of choice, or a war without cause or a reason. i say these things not to provoke, but to speak the truth. the truth matters. accountability matters. if russia does invade in the weeks ahead, the strategic cross -- the human cost for ukraine will be immense. and the
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strategic cost for russia will also be immense. if russia attacked ukraine, it will be met with overwhelming condemnation. the world will not forget that russia chose neal's death and -- chose needless death and destruction -- that russia chose needless death and destruction. the united states and our allies and partners will respond decisively. today our nato allies and the alliances have unified and determined as it has ever been. the source of our unbreakable strength continues to be the power, resilience and universal appeal of our shared democratic values. this is about more than just russia and ukraine. it is about standing for what we believe in. for the future we want for our world, for liberty, the right of countless countries to choose their own destiny, and the right of people to determine their own futures. for the principle that a country
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can't change its neighbors borders by force. that is our vision. i'm confident that that vision, that freedom will prevail. if russia precedes, we will -- russia proceeds we will rally progression. the united states and allies around the world are ready to impose power for -- powerful sanctions. we will put intense pressure on the largest most significant financial institutions and key industries. ready to go as soon as if russia moves appeared we will put those long-term consequences under ability constitutionally. -- that undermine russia's
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ability to compete strategically and economically. and when it comes to nordstrom 2, the pipeline that will bring gas from russia to germany, if russia further invades ukraine, it will not happen. i will not send american servicemen to fight in ukraine. we have supplied military and equipment to help them defend themselves. we provided training and advice, and intelligence with the same purpose. make no mistake, the united states will defend every inch of nato territory with a full force of american power. the attack against one nato country is attack against all of us. the united states commitment to article v is sacrosanct. already, response to russia's buildup of troops i and additional forces to bolster nato's eastern flank. some of our allies and their capability to return to defense along nato's eastern flank. we will also be able to conduct
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military exercises to enhance readiness. if russia invades, we will take further steps to reinforce our presence in nato, reinsurer our allies and determine further -- and deter further aggression. to be clear, if russia decides to invade, that will also have consequences at home. the american people understand that defending democracy and liberty is never without a cost. this is a cause to the republicans and democrats. i want to thank the members of congress of both parties who spoken out in defense of our most bipartisan american principles. i will not pretend this will be painless. there could be an impact on our energy prices. we are taking steps to alleviate the pressure on our energy markets and offsetting prices. we are coordinating with energy consumers and producers. we are preparing to deploy all of the tools and authority at
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our disposal to provide relief at the gus -- gas pump. i will work with congress to help protect consumers and address the impact on the pump. we are not seeking direct confrontation with russia. if russia targets american and ukraine, we will respond forcefully. if russia attacked the united states, our allies, like the disruptive cyber attacks against our companies or critical infrastructures, we will respond. two paths are still open, for the sake of responsibility. russia and united states share for global stability, for the sake of our common future to choose diplomacy. but let there be no doubt, if
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russia commits this breach in ukraine, responsible nations around the world will not hesitate to respond. we do not stand for freedom. where it is at risk today, we will surely will play date -- pay a steeper price tomorrow. thank you, i will keep you informed. >> >> are many of those conversations on c-span's and [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2022] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> i can to the nation -- america's on the move again. >> live tuesday, march one, the state of the union, president biden addresses congress and the nation reflecting on his first year in office and laying out
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