During his visit to NATO's newest member, US President Joe Biden called Finland an "incredible asset" for the military alliance. He also said Russian President Vladimir Putin "already lost" the war in Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden on Thursday visited NATO's newest member, Finland.
Speaking alongside Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, he said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has "already lost the war" in Ukraine, with Moscow running short of resources and in economic trouble.
"Putin's already lost the war," Biden told a news conference in Helsinki. "There is no possibility of him winning the war in Ukraine."
He added that Ukraine "will join NATO" and Putin will eventually decide it is not in the interest of Russia to continue the war. "No one can join NATO while a war is going on," Biden said.
The US president has vowed to protect every inch of NATO territory including Finland. "The United States is committed to Finland, committed to NATO, and those commitments are rock solid," he said.
Biden also said he's serious about pursuing a prisoner exchange for a Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich who has been detained in Russia for more than 100 days. "That process is underway," he said.