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Biden, in Finland, declares that Putin has 'lost the war'

By Toluse Olorunnipa and Meryl Kornfield

14 Jul 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. "Putin has already lost the war in Ukraine," President Biden declared during his visit to Finland yesterday, drawing a sharp contrast to Donald Trump's 2018 trip.

HELSINKI - President Biden defiantly declared Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has "already lost the war" in Ukraine, making the stark assertion on a visit to the newest member of the NATO alliance as he wrapped up his five-day trip to Europe with a stop in Finland.

Biden's visit drew a sharp contrast with a 2018 trip to Finland by his predecessor, Donald Trump, who held a private meeting with Putin in the same location and created a furor when he suggested he trusted the Russian president more than he did America's intelligence services.

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