Biden at the Munich conference: “Democracy must prevail”

President Joe Biden delivered a speech at the Munich Security Conference on Friday, stating that “democracy does not arise by itself” and emphasizing that democracy must triumph over autocracy.

“We must defend, strengthen and renew (democracy) … We must prove that our model is not a relic of our history. This is the only and best way to realize our promised future. And if we work together with our democratic partners with strength and confidence, I know that we will cope with any task and outstrip any rival, ”says Biden in a speech, fragments of which were published by the White House shortly before the conference.

The President of the United States also spoke of the “turning point” that has now begun in the world struggle between democracy and autocracy.

“In too many countries, including Europe and the United States, democratic processes are under threat … Historians will study this moment and write about it. This is a watershed moment. And I believe with all my heart that democracy must prevail, ”Biden said.

Fighting Russian and Chinese Threats

The President of the United States said that the largest democracies with market economies must work together to solve the problems posed by other large countries such as Russia and China, as well as tackle numerous global problems, from nuclear nonproliferation to climate change and cybersecurity.

According to Agence France-Presse, Biden stressed that Russia, in his opinion, was “maliciously” and purposefully taking actions to destabilize the situation in the United States, Europe and other countries. He called on allies to support Washington. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied such actions.

In China, the world’s second largest economy, Biden called on democracies to work together to counter Chinese government policies that he described as “contrary to our values.”

Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin is seeking to weaken the European alliance and stressed his continued support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

“Russian leaders want people to think that our system is more corrupt or just as corrupt compared to (Russia). But the world knows that this is not true, including the citizens of Russia, – said Joe Biden, – Putin … wants to undermine the transatlantic unity and our resolve. Because it is much easier for the Kremlin to intimidate … individual states than to negotiate with a strong and cohesive transatlantic community. “

In this regard, according to Biden, “upholding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine remains a vital problem for Europe and the United States.” In addition, combating “Russian recklessness” and cyber attacks on computer networks in the United States, Europe and around the world “has become critical to protecting our collective security.”

The president added that “the problems with Russia may be different from those with China, but they are just as real.”

US calls on allies to unite

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual Munich Security Conference is being held in a virtual format. In addition to the US President, the conference was also attended by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the leaders of the European Union, who earlier took part in the G7 leaders’ summit. The theme of the current conference was “the resumption of transatlantic cooperation.”

According to Agence France-Presse, Joe Biden became the first US president to give a speech at the Munich conference. As a senior US administration official told reporters, Biden’s participation in the G7 and Munich heralds “a broad, confident and resolute call for the unification of the Transatlantic Alliance and partnership.”

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