Biden has stated that the days of the U.S. “rolling over” to President Vladimir Putin are over. He has requested the release of Alexei Navalni, a Russian opposition leader that stood up against corruption and the Putin leadership, who was taken into custody in early January. Biden has also come out and stated that interfering with our elections, cyber attacks, and even poisoning its citizens for opposing Putin, like what was done to Navalni, will no longer be tolerated or ignored. He has also made it clear that “we [the U.S.] will not hesitate to raise the cost on Russia and defend our vital interests and our people.” In my opinion, Biden made the right decision by calling out Putin for his actions, and separating the U.S. from any potential harm that could come from Russia or Putin in the future.

Olivia S.