US President Joe Biden reiterated that the US does not recognize Russia's claimed annexation of four Ukrainian territories, directly addressing Russian President Vladimir Putin at one point when saying the US will "defend every single inch of NATO territory."
"America and its allies are not going — let me emphasize — are not going to be intimidated, are not going to be intimidated by Putin and his reckless words and threats," Biden said from the White House.
"Putin's actions are a sign he is struggling," citing the "sham referenda" and "this routine he put on this morning" when announcing his annexation claims for four Ukrainian regions.
"The United States is never going to recognize this. And quite frankly, the world is not going to recognize it either. He can't seize his neighbor's territory and get away with it, as simple as that," Biden said during White House remarks.
The US will continue to provide military equipment for Ukraine's defense, plus an additional $13 billion more from Congress, Biden said.
"America's fully prepared with our NATO allies to defend every single inch of NATO territory — every single inch — so Mr. Putin, don't misunderstand what I'm saying. Every inch," Biden said.