U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, in his last major speech before leaving office, described Russia on Wednesday (January 18) as the biggest threat to the international liberal order. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, in his last major speech before leaving office, described Russia on Wednesday (January 18) as the biggest threat to international liberal order and said Washington must work with Europe to stand up to Vladimir Putin. Biden was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos two days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. president. Trump has sent conciliatory signals to Putin and seemed to encourage the disintegration of the European Union by praising Britain's decision to leave the bloc and predicting that more countries could bolt. Biden spoke to hundreds of leaders, CEOs and bankers gathered in a vast conference hall in the Swiss Alps resort town. He did not address Trump directly, but warned of a "dangerous willingness to revert to political small-mindedness" in politics and said that "dangerous autocrats and demagogues" had tried to capitalise on people's fears throughout history.