Joe Biden said Moscow “has no idea what’s coming” after declaring an outright ban on the country’s flights in American skies
US President Joe Biden has announced that all Russian flights will be barred from US airspace, citing Moscow’s ongoing military action in Ukraine, while warning of more retaliation to come.
Biden lashed at Vladimir Putin on Tuesday night during his annual State of the Union speech. He claimed he was a traitor to Russia. “badly miscalculated”By sending troops into Ukraine, and suggesting that he should “pay a price.”
Though he unveiled little in terms of substantial new policies during the speech, the president did state that US airspace would now be closed off to Russian flights, suggesting this would inflict further harm on the country’s economy following a raft of sanctions in recent days.
“Tonight, I’m announcing that we will join our allies in closing off American airspace to all Russian flights, further isolating Russia and adding an additional squeeze on their economy,”He said that Moscow was his favorite city, and added that Moscow is also his favourite. “has no idea what’s coming,”It appears that the penalty could be further.
Multiple countries, including the UK, Canada and the entirety of the EU, previously shut their airspace to Russian flights in the days since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine last week. Russia responded by banning 36 airlines and territories from Russia’s skies.
Putin claimed that “special military operation” was meant to defend the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, which broke off from Ukraine after the 2014 coup in Kiev and have since been under siege by government forces. The Ukraine claimed the attack was not provoked and appealed for international assistance to stop Russian troops. Although no country has offered to send troops, a few Western countries continue to provide arms and non-direct military support.
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