In his speech on infrastructure policies at the White House, Biden touched upon the developments regarding the Wagner group in Russia.
Biden noted that the Wagner group in Russia instructed the national security team to follow the developments closely and inform him hourly when the events related to the rebellion began.
Stating that he also instructed the national security team to prepare for different scenarios, Biden said that the leaders of the US allies also met online to make sure they agreed on the developments in Russia.
“This was part of a struggle within the Russian system”
Emphasizing that it is important to be in coordination regarding their reactions and expectations in this regard, Biden said, “We did not give Putin any excuse to blame the West or NATO for this. We made it clear that we were not involved. We had nothing to do with this. “It was part of a struggle within the Russian system,” he said.
Noting that he also met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy about the developments, Biden said that he could talk to him again today or early tomorrow.
Biden underlined that no matter what happens in Russia, the US will continue to support Ukraine. Stating that they decided to be in constant communication with Zelenskiy, Biden emphasized that he is in constant contact with other allies.
“We will continue to evaluate the consequences of the events that took place this weekend and its effects on Russia and Ukraine,” said Biden, adding that it is still too early to come to a definitive conclusion on where the developments are going.
“No matter what happens next, I will continue to make sure that our allies and partners are closely aligned and how we read and react to the situation. It’s important that we stay fully coordinated,” Biden said.