As President Biden concludes a three-day visit to Europe on Wednesday by meeting with leaders from NATO’s eastern flank in Warsaw, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was making his own show of domestic and international support, meeting with China’s top diplomat before addressing a large rally in Moscow.
For a second straight day, the U.S. and Russian leaders sought to demonstrate their resolve in appearances 800 miles apart, signaling the heightened confrontation between Russia and the West days before the anniversary of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
On Tuesday, during a speech in Warsaw, Mr. Biden said that Mr. Putin had prolonged the war, ensuring more destruction and suffering. In his own speech in Moscow, Mr. Putin blamed the United States and its allies for turning the conflict into a “global confrontation” and said that Russia would suspend its participation in its last remaining nuclear treaty with the United States. With no mention of Russia’s military setbacks and failures, he signaled that his country was prepared for years of war.
Russia was also holding military drills with China and South Africa, seeking to demonstrate the breadth of its military partnerships as Western nations rush more w...