Vice-president of the U.S. Joe Biden has warned that Russia will meddle in European elections.
In his last speech before leaving office he said that Vladimir Putin will try and impose a vision of “military might, corruption and criminality.”
Mr Biden was speaking in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum. He described Russia as the biggest threat to the liberal order, and called on America and Europe to stand up to Moscow but not “build walls.”
“Impose its will through military might, corruption and criminality”
He said, “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.
“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.
“Simply put, Mr Putin has a different vision for the future, one which Russia is pursuing across the board. It seeks to return to a world where the strong impose its will through military might, corruption and criminality while weaker nations have to fall in line.”
So far most of the signs look like Trump will try to make deals with Russia rather than have a policy of confrontation.
Much of the speech made veiled references to Donald Trump, and he called on the incoming president to honour the U.S’ commitment to NATO.
He said, “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.
“It means fighting for the European Union, one of the most vibrant and consequential institutions on earth.”