WARSAW, Poland — US President Joe Biden calls for Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s removal, saying, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”
Biden also uses a speech in Poland’s capital to make a vociferous defense of liberal democracy and the NATO military alliance, while also saying Europe must steel itself for a long fight against Russian aggression.
In what was billed by the White House as a major address, Biden speaks in front of the Royal Castle, one of Warsaw’s notable landmarks that was badly damaged during War II.
He borrows the words of Polish-born Pope John Paul II and cites anti-communist Polish dissident and former president, Lech Walesa, as he warns that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine threatens to bring “decades of war.”
“In this battle, we need to be clear-eyed. This battle will not be won in days, or months, either,” Biden says.
The crowd of about 1,000 includes some of the Ukrainian refugees who have fled for Poland and elsewhere in the midst of the brutal invasion.
“We must commit now, to be this fight for the long haul,” Biden says.