U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday said that American motorists should expect to pay elevated prices for gasoline until the Russia–Ukraine war is over.

In a press conference following the NATO summit in Madrid, Biden was questioned about how long people should pay higher gasoline prices.

“How long is it fair to expect American drivers and drivers around the world to pay a premium for this war?” a New York Times reporter asked Biden.

“As long as it takes,” Biden said in response, “so that Russia cannot in fact defeat Ukraine and move beyond Ukraine.”

“This is a critical, critical position for the world,” he added, again blaming the elevated gas prices on the Russia–Ukraine conflict.

Biden and his fellow Democrats have claimed Russia is to blame for the high prices, although they have rarely mentioned U.S. sanctions targeting Moscow or his well-documented policy efforts to restrict oil and gas production inside the United States. Gas prices started rising soon after Biden took office in January 2021, and they continued on that path well before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February 2022.

“The reason why gas prices are up is because of Russia. Russia, Russia, Russia,” Biden also stated. “The reason the food crisis exists is because of Russia.”

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