6:16 P.M. CETTHE PRESIDENT: Thank you, say thanks to you, give thanks to you. Please, if you have actually a seat, be seated. (Laughter.) If you don’t, come up on stage.Thank you incredibly a lot. It’s a good honor to be here. Mr. President, they tell me you’re over tright here somewbelow. There you are. Thank you, Mr. President.“Be not afrassist.” They were the first words at the initially public resolve of the first Polish Pope after his election on October of 1978. They were words that would pertained to specify Pope John Paul II. Words that would readjust the civilization.John Paul brought the message right here to Warobserved in his first pilgrimage earlier house as Pope in June of 1979. It was a message around the power — the power of confidence, the power of resilience, and the power of the world.In the confront of a cruel and brutal device of federal government, it was a message that aided end the Soviet repression in the Central land and also Eastern Europe 30 years earlier. It was a message that will overcome the cruelty and brutality of this unjust war.When Pope John Paul lugged that message in 1979, the Soviet Union ruled with an iron fist behind an Iron Curtain.Then a year later on, the Solidarity motion took host in Poland. And while I understand he couldn’t be below tonight, we’re all grateful in America and also approximately the human being for Lech Wałęsa. (Applausage.)It reminds me of that phrase of theorist Kierkegaard: “aith sees finest in the dark.” And there were dark moments.Ten years later on, the Soviet Union collapsed, and Poland and also Central and also Eastern Europe would soon be cost-free. Nopoint around that battle for freedom was simple or simple. It was a long, painful slog combated over not days and months, yet years and decades.But we emerged abrand-new in the great battle for freedom: a battle in between democracy and also autocracy, in between liberty and also repression, between a rules-based order and also one governed by brute pressure.In this fight, we have to be clear-eyed. This fight will certainly not be won in days or months either. We should steel ourselves for the long fight ahead.Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. Mayor, members of the Parliament, distinguimelted guests, and also the civilization of Poland also, and also I suspect some human being of Ukraine that are here: We’re — (applause) — we are gathered right here at the Royal Castle in this city that holds a spiritual place in the background of not just of Europe, however humankind’s unending search for flexibility.For generations, Warwitnessed has stood wbelow liberty has been tested and also liberty has actually prevailed.In truth, it was right here in Warobserved as soon as a young refugee, who fled her house country from Czechoslovakia was underSoviet supremacy, came ago to stop and stand also in solidarity with dissidents.Her name was Madeleine Korbel Albideal. She became — (applause) — one of the a lot of ardent supporters of democracy in the human being. She was a frifinish through whom I offered. America’s first woguy Secretary of State. She passed ameans 3 days back.She fought her entirety life for necessary democratic principles. And now, in the perennial struggle for democracy and flexibility, Ukraine and its people are on the frontlines fighting to conserve their country.And their brave resistance is part of a bigger fight for a crucial democratic principles that unite all free people: the dominance of law; cost-free and fair elections; the freedom to speak, to compose, and to assemble; the flexibility to worship as one chooses; liberty of the push.These principles are vital in a totally free society. (Applausage.) But they have actually always — they have always been under siege. They’ve constantly been emcombated. Eincredibly generation has actually had to defeat democracy’s mortal foes. That’s the means of the civilization — for the human being is imperfect, as we know. Wright here the appetites and ambitions of a few forever seek to dominate the resides and also liberties of many.My message to the people of Ukraine is the message I delivered this particular day to Ukraine’s Foreign Minister and Defense Minister, who I believe are below tonight: We stand also through you. Period. (Applause.)Today’s fighting in Kyiv and also Mariupol and Kharkiv are the latest battle in a long struggle: Hungary, 1956; Poland, 1956 then aget 1981; Czechoslovakia, 1968.Soviet tanks cruburned autonomous uprisings, however the resistance continued until finally, in 1989, the Berlin Wall and also all of the walls of Soviet supremacy — they dropped. They fell. And the human being prevailed. (Applausage.)But the fight for democracy can not conclude and did not conclude via the end of the Cold War.Over the last 30 years, the pressures of autocracy have revived all throughout the globe. Its hallmarks are familiar ones: contempt for the preeminence of law, contempt for autonomous freedom, contempt for the reality itself.Today, Russia has actually strangled democracy — has actually sought to do so elsewhere, not just in its homeland. Under false clintends of ethnic solidarity, it hasinvalidated surrounding countries.Putin has the gall to say he’s “de-Nazifying” Ukraine. It’s a lie. It’s simply cynical. He knows that. And it’s likewise obscene.President Zelenskyy was democratically chosen. He’s Jewish. His father’s family was wiped out in the Nazi Holocaust. And Putin has the audacity, choose all autocrats before him, to believe that can will make right.In my very own country, a former president named Abraham Lincoln voiced the opposing heart to save our Union in the middle of a civil war. He said, “Let us have confidence that ideal makes can.” “Right renders can.” (Applause.)Today, let us now have actually that faith aacquire. Let us settle to put the stamina of democracies right into activity to thwart the denigns of our — the designs of autocracy. Let us remember that the test of this minute is the test of all time.The Kremlin wants to portray NATO enlargement as an royal task aimed at destabilizing Russia. Nothing is even more from the truth. NATO is a protective alliance.It has never before sought the demise of Russia.In the lead-up to the present crisis, the USA and NATO worked for months to interact Russia to avert a battle. I met via him in person and talked to him many kind of times on the phone.Time and also aget, we offered actual diplomacy and also concrete proposals to strengthen European security, enhance transparency, and also construct confidence on all sides.But Putin and also Russia met each of the proposals with disinteremainder in any kind of negotiation, via lies and also ultimatums. Russia was bent on violence from the begin.I understand not all of you believed me and also us as soon as we preserved saying, “They are going to cross the border. They are going to assault.”Repeatedly, he asserted, “We have actually no interemainder in war.” Guaranteed he would not relocate.Repeatedly saying he would not attack Ukraine.Repeatedly saying Russian troops alengthy the border were there for “training” — all 180,000 of them.Tright here is ssuggest no justification or provocation for Russia’s option of war. It’s an instance of among the oldest of humale impulses: utilizing brute pressure and disinformation to satisfy a craving for absolute power and regulate.It’s nopoint much less than a straight difficulty to the rule-based worldwide order establiburned because the finish of World War Two.And it threatens to return to decades of war that ruined Europe prior to the international rule-based order was put in location. We cannot go ago to that. We cannot.The gravity of the risk is why the response of the West has been so swift and so powerful and so linked, unprecedented, and also overwhelming.Swift and also punishing expenses are the just things that are going to get Russia to readjust its course.Within days of its intrusion, the West had actually relocated jointly through sanctions to damage Russia’s economic climate.Russia’s Central Bank is now blocked from the worldwide financial units, denying Kremlin’s accessibility to the battle fund it stamelted approximately the globe.We’ve aimed at the heart of Russia’s economic situation by avoiding the imports of Russian energy to the USA.To day, the USA has sanctioned 140 Russian oligarchs and also their family members members, seizing their ill-begotten gains: their yachts, their high-end apartments, their mansions.We’ve sanctioned even more than 400 Russian federal government officials, including essential architects of this battle.These officials and oligarchs have reaped massive benefit from the corruption connected to the Kremlin, and also currently they have to share in the pain.The private sector is acting too. Over 400 exclusive multinational providers have pulled out of doing organization in Russia — left Russia completely — from oil service providers to McDonald’s.As an outcome of these extraordinary sanctions, the ruble practically is instantly diminished to rubble. The Russian economy — (applause) — that’s true, by the means. It takes about 200 rubles to equal one dollar.The economy is on track to be cut in fifty percent in the coming years. It was ranked — Russia’s economy was ranked the 11th best economy in the people prior to this evasion — invasion. It will shortly not even rank among the top 20 in the world. (Applausage.)Taken together, these financial sanctions are a brand-new type of economic statecraft through the power to inflict damages that rivals military could.These worldwide sanctions are sapping Russian stamina, its capacity to replenish its army, and its capacity — its capability to project power.And it is Putin — it is Vladimir Putin that is to blame, period.At the same time, alongside these economic sanctions, the Western human being has come together to carry out for the world of Ukraine with significant levels of military, financial, and also humanitarian assistance.In the years before the intrusion, we, America, had actually sent out over $650 million, prior to they crossed the border, in weapons to Ukraine, including anti-air and also anti-armor devices.Since the intrusion, America has actually committed an additional $1.35 billion in weapons and also ammunition.And many thanks to the courage and bravery of the Ukrainian civilization — (applause) — the tools we’ve sent out and also our colleagues have sent have been provided to devastating effect to defend Ukrainian land and also airarea. Our Allies and partners have actually stepped up too.But as I’ve made clear: Amerideserve to forces are in Europe — not in Europe to interact in dispute with Russian forces. Amerihave the right to pressures are below to defend NATO Allies.Yesterday, I met with the troops that are serving alongside our Polish allies to bolster NATO’s frontline defenses. The reason we wanted to make clear is their movement on Ukraine: Don’t also think around relocating on one single inch of NATO region.We have a spiritual duty — (applause) — we have actually a spiritual obligation under Blog post 5 to defend each and also every inch of NATO territory through the complete pressure of our collective power.And previously now, I checked out your National Stadium, where thousands of Ukrainian refugees are currently trying to answer the toughest questions a huguy have the right to ask: “My God, what’s going to happen to me? What’s going to take place to my family?”I saw tears in many type of of the mothers’ eyes as I adopted them; their young youngsters — their young children not sure whether to smile or cry. One little girl sassist, “Mr. President” — she spoke a little English — “is my brvarious other and also my daddy — are they going to be okay? Will I see them again?” Without their husbands, their fathers, in many situations, their brothers or sisters that continued to be earlier to fight for their nation.I didn’t need to sheight the language or understand also the language to feel the eactivity in their eyes, the method they gripped my hand, and also little bit children held on to my leg, praying with a despeprice hope that all this is temporary; apprehension that they might be perhaps forever away from their dwellings, practically through debilitating sadness that this is happening almost everywhere again.But I was also struck by the generosity of the human being of Warexperienced — for that issue, all the Polish civilization — for the depths of their compassion, their willingness to reach out — (applause) — opening their hearts.I was saying to the Mayor they’re preparing to open their hearts and also their residences ssuggest to aid. I also desire to give thanks to my friend, the excellent Amerihave the right to chef, José Andrés, and his team who helped feeling those — (applause) — feeding those who are yearning to be free.But helping these refugees is not somepoint Poland also or any type of other nation must bring alone. All the civilization democracies have actually a duty to help. All of them. And the world of Ukraine can count on the United States to meet its duty.I’ve announced, 2 days back, we will certainly welcome 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. We already have actually 8,000 a week coming to the USA of other nat- — nationalities.We’ll administer nearly $300 million of humanitarian assistance, providing tens of countless loads of food, water, medication, and various other basic supplies.In Brussels, I announced the United States is prepared to provide even more than $1 billion, in enhancement, in humanitarian help.The World Food Programme told us that despite substantial obstacles, at least some relief is obtaining to significant cities in Ukraine, however not Metropol — no, excusage me, Mar- — not Mariupol, because Russian forces are blocking relief supplies.But we’ll not cease our initiatives to get humanitarian relief wherever it is required in Ukraine and for the human being who’ve made it out of Ukraine.Notwithstanding the brutality of Vladimir Putin, let tright here be no doubt that this war has currently been a strategic faitempt for Russia already. (Applause.) Having lost youngsters myself — I know that’s no solace to the world who’ve lost household.But he, Putin, assumed Ukrainians would roll over and also not fight. Not a lot of a student of history. Instead, Russian forces have met their match via brave and stiff Ukrainian resistance.Rather than breaking Ukrainian solve, Russia’s brutal tactics have actually strengthened the settle. (Applausage.)Rather than driving NATO apart, the West is now stronger and also even more unified than it has actually ever been. (Applausage.)Russia wanted less of a NATO visibility on its border, yet nowhe has a more powerful visibility, a bigger visibility, via over a hundred thousand Amerideserve to troops below, in addition to all the various other members of NATO.In truth — (applause) — Russia has managed to reason somepoint I’m certain he never before intended: The democracies of the people are revitalized through purpose and unity uncovered in months that we’d once taken years to accomplish.It’s not just Russia’s actions in Ukraine that are reminding us of democracy’s blessing. It’s our very own country — his own country, the Kremlin, is jailing protestors. Two hundred thousand also human being have actually allegedly already left. There’s a mind drainpipe — leaving Russia. Shutting dvery own independent news. State media is all propaganda, blocking the image of civilian targets, mass tombs, starvation techniques of the Russian pressures in Ukraine.Is it any type of wonder, as I sassist, that 200,000 Russians have all left their nation in one month? A exceptional brain drain in such a short duration of time, which brings me to my message to the Russian people:I’ve operated via Russian leaders for years. I sat throughout the negotiating table going all the method back to Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin to talk arms control at the elevation of the Cold War.I’ve constantly spoken straight and also honestly to you, the Russian civilization.Let me say this, if you’re able to listen: You, the Russian people, are not our foe.I refusage to believe that you welcome the killing of innocent children and also grandparents or that you accept hospitals, institutions, maternity wards that, for God’s sake, are being pummeled via Russian missiles and bombs; or cities being surrounded so that civilians cannot flee; gives cut off and also attempting to starve Ukrainians right into submission.Millions of families are being thrust from their homes, consisting of half of all Ukraine’s kids. These are not the actions of an excellent nation.Of all civilization, you, the Russian people, and also all people throughout Europe, still have actually the memory of being in a comparable case in the late thirties and also forties — the case of World War Two — still fresh in the minds of many kind of grandparental fees in the area.What — whatever before your generation knowledgeable — whether it competent the Siege of Leningrad or heard about it from your paleas and grandpaleas — train stations overflowing through terrified family members fleeing their homes; nights sheltering in basements and also cellars; mornings sitting via the rubble in your houses — these are not memories of the previous. Not anymore. Since it’s exactly what the Russian army is doing in Ukraine ideal currently.March 26, 2022. Just days prior to — we’re at the twenty-fir- — you were a 2first century country with hopes and also desires that civilization anywhere the civilization have for themselves and also their family.Now, Vladimir Putin’s aggression have cut you, the Russian world, off from the remainder of the world, and also it’s taking Russia ago to the 1ninth century.This is not who you are. This is not the future reserve — you deserve for your family members and your children. I’m informing you the truth: This war is not worthy of you, the Russian civilization.Putin have the right to and also need to end this battle. The Amerihave the right to world stand via you and also the brave citizens of Ukraine that want tranquility.And my message to the rest of Europe: This brand-new fight for liberty has actually currently made a few things crystal clear.First, Europe need to finish its dependence on Russian fossil fuels. And we, the United States, will certainly assist. (Applause.) That’s why simply yesterday, in Brussels, I announced a arrangement through the President of the European Commission to get Europe through the instant energy crisis.Over the long term, as a matter of financial defense and also national security and for the survivcapacity of the earth, we all need to move as easily as possible to clean, renewable energy. And we’ll occupational together to aid gain that done so that the days of any kind of country being subject to the whims of a tyrant for its power needs are over. They need to finish. They need to finish.And second, we need to fight the corruption coming from the Kremlin to offer the Russian civilization a fair possibility.And lastly, and the majority of urgently, we preserve absolute unity — we should — among the world’s democracies.It’s not enough to sheight via rhetorical grow, of ennobling words of democracy, of liberty, ehigh quality, and also liberty. All of us, consisting of here in Poland, need to carry out the hard occupational of democracy each and also eexceptionally day. My country as well.That’s why — (applause) — that’s why I concerned Europe aobtain this week via a clear and also established message for NATO, for the G7, for the European Union, for all freedom-loving nations: We have to commit currently to be in this fight for the lengthy haul. We have to remain combined this day and tomorrow and also the day after and also for the years and decades to come. (Applausage.)It will not be basic. Tbelow will certainly be prices. But it’s a price we need to pay. Due to the fact that the darkness that drives autocracy is eventually no complement for the flame of liberty that lights the souls of complimentary world all over.Time and again, background mirrors that it’s from the darkest moments that the biggest development adheres to. And background shows this is the job of our time, the job of this generation.Let’s remember: The hammer blow that carried down the Berlin Wall, the might that lifted the Iron Curtain were not the words of a solitary leader; it was the civilization of Europe that, for years, battled to complimentary themselves.Their sheer bravery opened the border between Austria and also Hungary for the Pan-European Picnic. They joined hands for the Baltic Way. They stood for Solidarity right here in Poland also. And together, it was an unmistakable and undeniable pressure of the civilization that the Soviet Union can not withstand.And we’re seeing it once aget today with the brave Ukrainian civilization, showing that their power of many is higher than the will certainly of any type of one dictator. (Applause.)So, in this hour, let the words of Pope John Paul burn as brightly today: “Never before, ever before offer up hope, never doubt, never tire, never before become discouraged. Be not afrassist.” (Applausage.)A dictator bent on rebuilding an empire will certainly never before erase a people’s love for liberty. Brutality will certainly never grind dvery own their will to be complimentary. Ukraine will never before be a victory for Russia — for totally free civilization refuse to live in a civilization of hopelessness and also darkness.We will have a different future — a brighter future rooted in democracy and principle, hope and also light, of decency and also dignity, of flexibility and possibilities.For God’s sake, this male cannot remain in power.God bmuch less you all. And may God safeguard our flexibility. (Applausage.) And might God defend our troops. Thank you for your patience. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you.


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