Komorowski, who received Biden at his presidential palace, said that Russia had for years been able to beef up its military spending with impunity, allowing Russian President Vladimir Putin to turn his armed forces into “an instrument of external policy,” the Polish president said. Komorowski said it should come as no surprise that Russia was so aggressive with the Ukrainian region of Crimea.
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It was then Biden’s turn to speak at the two leaders’ joint press availability and he appeared to take issue with Komorowski’s suggestion that the United States had not done enough to counter Russia’s influence.
“Russia has increased their budget,” Biden said. “But I want to remind you that you have an ally whose budget is larger than the next 10 nations combined. So while others may not have stood up to their responsibilities, the United States has more than stood up to its responsibilities,” he said, looking directly at Komorowski.
“So,” Biden continued, “don’t worry about where we are.”