US President Joe Biden, 79, said in Washington on Monday that the Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin, 69, was “standing behind a wall”.
Biden reiterated that Russia was considering using chemical weapons in the Ukraine war. Russia has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Ukraine’s biological and chemical weapons have been made more than once. Biden said this was a clear indication that Putin was considering using such weapons himself.
The US president also sees Russia’s deployment of Russia’s fast “Kinjal” missile as a sign of Russia’s weakness. “They fired the hypersonic missile because it’s the only thing they can get with absolute certainty,” Biden said in Washington on Monday evening (local time). It is almost impossible to stop the rocket.
The Ukrainians will do great damage to Russia’s tanks, helicopters or planes – even with the weapons of Western allies, Biden said. “Now Putin is against the wall on his back.” Russian President does not count on the unity of NATO. If Putin turns his back against the wall, the tactics he uses will become harder.
Russia says it has used the new weapon twice in the past few days in Ukraine. According to Russian sources, the eight-meter-long rockets fly very fast and very high, but maneuverable. So they are very difficult to intercept.
U.S. Defense Department spokesman John Kirby did not directly confirm Monday that the Kishal missile was stationed. “We have seen the Russians claim to be using a hypersonic missile. We can not deny this claim, but we can not verify it independently, “he said.
Biden warns companies about cyber attacks
U.S. companies have warned that Russia could prepare for cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure (KRITIS).
Biden said companies have a “patriotic duty” to protect their organizations against such attacks. They can get state support if they want, but the decision is up to the companies.
“The U.S. government has issued new warnings that Russia is planning a cyber attack against us,” Biden said, citing intelligence sources.
The federal government had warned US companies about Russian government hackers before Russia invaded Ukraine.
Russia appoints US ambassador
Russia has accused the United States of “bringing bilateral relations to the brink of collapse” and summoning the US ambassador to Moscow.
Last Wednesday, Biden called the Kremlin dictator Putin a “war criminal.” The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday described the statements as “unworthy of a high-ranking politician”, describing the Kremlin’s choice of words as “unacceptable and unforgivable”.
US Ambassador John Sullivan has condemned such comments, saying they could jeopardize relations between the two countries. Washington warned that “hostile actions against Russia will be firmly and unequivocally rejected.”
The U.S. military says it supports efforts to document evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine. “We clearly see the Russian Armed Forces committing war crimes and helping to gather evidence in support of them,” said John Kirby, a spokesman for the U.S. Defense Department. The US military leadership will not decide what the outcome of such investigations will be.
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