21:27 GMT24 February 2021
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    Prior to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, the US capital enhanced security in an unprecedented manner, practically closing the city to the public and calling in 25,000 National Guard troops to ensure safety during the event.

    Sputnik goes live from Washington, DC as the city returns to normalcy following a security lockdown imposed ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

    The festivities were kept secure by some 25,000 National Guard soldiers, five times the combined number of American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, along with multilayered fences, the closure of metro stations, roads and bridges that put Washington, DC on a virtual lockdown.

    In his first address to the nation as president, Biden called for unity and an end to an "uncivil war", vowing to become a leader for all and re-engage with the world.

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