Moscow was outraged
Biden calls Putin a ‘war criminal’
03/16/2022, 9:39 pm
The US government has so far refrained from talking directly about Russian war crimes and legal issues. Now President Biden says Russian President Putin is a war criminal. The report comes in a somewhat bizarre context, but probably comes “from the heart”.
US President Joe Biden has called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” over Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. When asked by a reporter if he thought Putin was a war criminal, Biden said in Washington, “I think he is a war criminal.” This is the first time that Biden has spoken so openly for Putin.
Earlier, a reporter asked if Biden was ready to call Putin a “war criminal.” The US president replied, “No.” A few seconds later, Biden approached the reporter again, and he asked again. It is unclear whether Biden misunderstood the question for the first time.
The US government has always insisted on documenting possible war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine. However, he always avoided talking directly about Russian war crimes and referred to legal issues. When asked why Biden has now changed his choice of words, White House spokeswoman Jen Zaki said: “He spoke from his heart and spoke on the basis of what he saw on television – a barbaric act of a brutal dictator.”
Biden also promises more arms supplies
Biden repeatedly found clear words for Putin. A few hours ago, he accused Putin of “atrocities” in the war of aggression he had ordered against Ukraine. “Putin is wreaking havoc and creating terror in Ukraine and bombing homes, maternity wards and hospitals,” Biden said in a statement. In it, he promised to provide Ukraine with more weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles, drones and anti-tank weapons.
Russia has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once. The TASS news agency quoted Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying the comment was “unacceptable and unforgivable rhetoric.”
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