Former Vice President Joe Biden took to Twitter on Friday to air his frustration with President Donald Trump’s latest overture to Russia.
“Putin’s Russia invaded its neighbors, violated our sovereignty by undermining elections, and attacks dissidents abroad,” Biden said. “Yet our President wants to reward him with a seat at the table while alienating our closest democratic allies.”
Putin’s Russia invaded its neighbors, violated our sovereignty by undermining elections, and attacks dissidents abroad. Yet our President wants to reward him with a seat at the table while alienating our closest democratic allies. It makes no sense.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 8, 2018
“It makes no sense,” he added.
Before departing the White House for the G-7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, early Friday morning, Trump told reporters that he believed Russia should be readmitted to the group.
Trump reiterated his belief that he has been tough on Russia, before calling for President Vladimir Putin to be given a seat at the table with the small group of influential world leaders.
“But, with that being said, Russia should be in this meeting,” he said. “Why are we having a meeting without Russia being in the meeting?”
Russia was removed from the G-8, or Group of Eight, in 2014 following the occupation and annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
Former Vice President Biden visited Ukraine during his final days in office in 2017.
“Russia’s continued attempts to undermine your success, your security, your sovereignty, and your territorial integrity are manifold,” Biden told Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko. “Ukraine, like every country in Europe, has a right to determine its own path. Yet Russia seeks to deny that choice.”
In his remarks with President Poroshenko, Biden also lauded the work of the G-7 nations and the European Union to hold Russia accountable.
“Together with our EU and G7 partners, we’ve made it clear that sanctions should remain in place until Russia fully — I emphasize fully — implements its commitments under the Minsk Agreement,” he said. “And that the Crimea-related sanctions against Russia must remain in place until Russia returns full control to the people of Ukraine.”