President Joe Biden on Saturday called for Russian leader
Vladimir Putin’s removal, saying, “For God’s sake, this man
cannot remain in power.”
Biden also used 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 spoke in front of the Royal Castle, one of Warsaw’s
notable landmarks that was badly damaged during War II.
He borrowed the words of Polish-born Pope John Paul II
and cited anti-communist Polish dissident and former
president, Lech Walesa, as he warned 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 said.
The crowd of about 1,000 included 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,”