The world has been waiting on some major updates from the American president Joe Biden regarding the current Ukraine Russia War situation. Although Biden has been taking crucial steps to express his disgust with the situation, the recent news surrounding the Russian aircraft is commendable.
While the world was looking forward to an announcement from Biden, it was on Wednesday 2nd March that he announced banning Russian aircraft from US airspace. This move from the US President has been appreciated by people around the world and by doing so he also joins allies with other countries who have banned all forms of Russian aircraft.
More and more countries are resorting to imposing the no-fly zone for Russian aircraft over their lands.
In the first State of Union address, Biden said
“Tonight I’m announcing that we will join our allies in closing off American airspace to all Russian flights, further isolating Russia and adding additional squeeze on their economy”
Before the US announced its ban on Russian aircraft, Canada and the European Union had taken the same step against Russia. From the reports of The Wall Street Journal, we can learn that other major European countries like Germany, France, and Italy have already issued no-fly last week.
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What Else to Know?
Although the move came in pretty plate from the US President, it will definitely have some major impacts on Russia and the invasion of Putin on Ukraine.
Joe Biden even said:
“We countered Russian lies with the truth. We’re making Putin’s 630-billion-dollar fund worthless. We are closing off the American air space to all Russian flights.”
“We’re choking off Russia’s access to technology that will sap its economic strength and weaken its military for years to come.”
With every passing day, the situation is growing tense in Ukraine as Russia continues to enter the country by force, uprooting settlements and killing innocent lives in the process. The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky however has shown impeccable leadership and lion-heartedness in the entire situation.
While he had pleaded with NATO to impose the “no-fly zone” earlier, this time Zelensky took matters into his own hands and requested Joe Biden personally for the ban. Joe Biden was quick to respond to the situation and imposed their no-fly ban on Russian Aircraft.
NATO however has been insightful of the entire situation and had to turn down the request of a no-fly zone as it would directly mean declaring war on Russia, knowing Russia is a nuclear superpower.
Will US Forces fight in Ukraine?
Joe Biden did impose the ban but he said that the US forces will not fight in Ukraine. Hinting at the movements of the Russian invasion, he said the US forces will be going to Europe not to fight in Ukraine but to protect NATO allies from Russian attacks.
He even promised that the US will be joining hands with EU nations and take on the “ill-begotten gains” of Russia from this war. Biden has already mobilized ground forces, air squadrons, and ships to protect the lands of NATO countries such as Poland, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. He promises to protect every single inch of NATO territory through collective power.
He has shown major condemnation to the acts of Vladimir Putin and said
“When the history of this era is written, Putin’s war on Ukraine will have left Russia weaker and rest of the world stronger.”
In addition to imposing the no-fly ban, The US Department of Justice is also appointing a dedicated task force that will work with European allies to seize sizable properties of Russian oligarchs. They are looking into seizing luxury apartments, private jets, and yachts.
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In one of the interviews with Reuters and CNN Zelensky commented on the situation saying
“Our partners, of they are not ready to take Ukraine into NATO…because Russia does not want Ukraine to be in NATO, should work out common security guarantees for Ukraine.”