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Biden calls Russia biggest threat to international order

Biden calls Russia biggest threat to international orderOutgoing US Vice President Joe Biden described Russia on Wednesday as the biggest threat to the international liberal order and said Washington must work with Europe to stand up to Vladimir Putin.

Biden delivered his last major speech before leaving office at the World Economic Forum in Davos two days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president.

"Under President Putin, Russia is working with every tool available to them to whittle away at the edges of the European project, test the fault lines of western nations and return to a politics defined by spheres of influence," Biden said.

"With many countries in Europe slated to hold elections this year, we should expect further attempts by Russia to meddle in the democratic process. It will occur again, I promise you. And again the purpose is clear: to collapse the liberal international order," Biden added.

"Defending the liberal international order requires that we resist the forces of European disintegration and maintain our longstanding insistence on a Europe, whole, free and peaceful," said Biden.

"It means fighting for the European Union, one of the most vibrant and consequential institutions on earth," he added.
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