In his final speech before leaving office as Vice President, Joe Biden described Russia as the largest threat to democracy in the world today.
Russia has become a common topic of discussion within the American political sphere in recent months, as allegations of Russian attempts at tampering with the U.S. Presidential election, as well as possible ties between the President Elect, Donald Trump, and Russian intelligence agencies have dominated news cycles since last November. Recent reports of Russian influence operations going on in other national elections have begun to surface, bolstering suspicions of Putin’s regime attempting to manipulate democratic elections anywhere that could potentially benefit the Russian state.
“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,” Biden said to a gathering of hundreds of CEOs, bankers and world leaders at the World Economics Forum in Davos Switzerland.
“We even saw it in the cyber intrusions against political parties and individuals in the United States- which our intelligence community has determined with high confidence were specifically motivated to influence our elections,” Biden said.