Days of the U.S. 'rolling over' to Russia are over: Biden ​

Biden brought up a host of U.S. concerns with Putin in their phone call, including election interference, alleged Russian bounties to Taliban insurgents for killing American troops and Ukraine.

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JOE BIDEN: America is back. Diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy. Over the past two weeks, I've spoken with the leaders of many of our closest friends-- Canada, Mexico, the UK, Germany, France, NATO, Japan, South Korea, Australia-- to being reforming the habits of cooperation and rebuilding the muscle of democratic alliances that have atrophied over the past few years of neglect and, I would argue, abuse.

American alliances are our greatest asset, and leading with diplomacy means standing shoulder to shoulder with our allies and key partners once again. By leading with diplomacy, we must also mean engaging our adversaries and our competitors diplomatically where it's in our interest and advance the security of the American people. That's why, yesterday, the United States and Russia agreed to extend the New Start treaty for five years, to preserve the only remaining treaty between our countries safeguarding nuclear stability.

At the same time, I made it clear to President Putin, in a manner very different from my predecessor, that the days of the United States rolling over in the face of Russia's aggressive actions-- interfering with our elections, cyber attacks, poisoning its citizens-- are over. We will not hesitate to raise the cost on Russia and defend our vital interests and our people. And we will be more effective in dealing with Russia when we work in coalition, in coordination with other like-minded partners.