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Biden calls Putin 'war criminal', Kremlin says
'such rhetoric unacceptable'
Amid escalating war between Russia and Ukraine, US President Joe Biden called
President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal.”
Amid escalating war between Russia and Ukraine, on Wednesday
(local time) US President Joe Biden called President Vladimir
Putin a “war criminal.”
“I think he is a war criminal,” Biden said.
Biden initially said “no” when asked whether Putin was a war
criminal, but returned to a group of reporters immediately to clarify
what had been asked. When asked again whether Putin was a
war criminal, he answered in the affirmative, reported Sputnik.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday that
US President Joe Biden‘s remarks on Russian President Vladimir
Putin speak for themselves.
“The President’s remarks speak for themselves,” Psaki said. “He
was speaking from his heart and speaking from what he’s seen on
television which is barbaric actions by a brutal dictator through his
invasion of a foreign country. There is a legal process that
continues to be underway at the State Department.” Biden’s
designation reflects a shift from the administration’s previous
stance. Officials, including Biden, had previously stopped short of
saying war crimes were being committed in Ukraine, citing
ongoing investigations into whether that term could be used,