Joe Biden declared Vladimir Putin was “isolated from the world more than he ever has been” as the US president hailed western unity in the face of Russia’s attack on Ukraine and hinted at more economic sanctions ahead.
In his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, Biden said democracies were “rising to the moment” in their response to Putin’s war by imposing sweeping measures intended to hobble Russia’s economy and blocking the assets of some oligarchs.
The president announced the US would be “closing off American airspace to all Russian flights”, joining the EU and Canada in introducing similar measures, a move he said would “further isolate Russia and add an additional squeeze to their economy”.
And in a signal that the US was prepared to back more sanctions as the invasion progresses, Biden warned Putin “he has no idea what’s coming”.
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