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Press review: Biden’s inaugural address calls for unity and Iran may form ‘Shiite NATO’

Joe Biden’s inaugural speech, in which he mostly focused on the need to unite Americans and overcome differences, was fitting given the current moment, said experts interviewed by Izvestia. However, his address was not inspiring and his oratory skills were obviously less impressive than those of his predecessors - Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Besides, if the new US leadership keeps branding the former president’s supporters as extremists and insists on impeaching Trump, it will be hard to achieve unity in American society, the newspaper writes.

Biden’s inauguration ceremony was scaled down amid the pandemic. Later the White House announced that the new administration’s priorities would be the anti-coronavirus fight, climate, racial equality, the economy, immigration and restoring America’s positions in the world. According to Valery Garbuzov, who heads the Institute of the US and Canada Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, in his speech, Biden mainly focused on US domestic issues, highlighting the need to tackle coronavirus and extremism, which now hints at the actions of Trump supporters. "However, here we heard nothing principally new that could be viewed as the pillar of his future policy."

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