WARSAW — US President Joe Biden stated on Saturday that Russia’s chief Vladimir Putin “can not stay in energy” in a fiery speech pushing the world’s democracies to unite to assist Ukraine, although the White Home later stated Biden was not calling for regime change in Moscow.
“For God’s sake, this man can not stay in energy,” Biden advised a crowd in Warsaw after condemning Putin’s month-long struggle in Ukraine as an assault on world freedom and safety.
The feedback sharply escalated battle between Moscow and the West over its invasion of Ukraine.
However a White Home official stated the remarks didn’t symbolize a shift in Washington’s coverage that it isn’t looking for regime change in Russia.
Nonetheless, they got here on a day of escalating rhetoric as Biden additionally described branded Putin a “butcher” throughout a gathering with refugees who’ve fled the struggle in Ukraine to the Polish capital.
“The President’s level was that Putin can’t be allowed to train energy over his neighbors or the area,” the White Home official stated. “He was not discussing Putin’s energy in Russia, or regime change.”
On Saturday, Biden stated the West was united towards Russia’s invasion but in addition added that NATO was a defensive safety alliance that by no means sought Russia’s demise.
Biden’s speech was delivered at Warsaw’s Royal Fort earlier than a whole bunch of Polish elected officers, college students, and US embassy workers, many holding US, Polish, and Ukrainian flags.
“The West is now stronger, extra united than it has ever been,” Biden stated.
Calling the battle towards Vladimir Putin a “new battle for freedom,” Biden stated Putin’s want for “absolute energy” was a strategic failure for Russia and a direct problem to a European peace that has largely prevailed since World Conflict II.
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