Washington: Joe Biden is not seeking “regime change” in Russia, the White House said Saturday, after the US president declared in a major speech that Vladimir Putin “cannot stay in power”.
“The president’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbours or the region,” a White House official said.
“We will have a different future, a brighter future rooted in democracy and principle, hope and light,” Biden said at the conclusion of the sweeping address.
“For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” he said at end of a speeche in Poland’s Capital.
White house official saying that Biden’s line was not in his prepared remarks in which the US president said that Putin is lying in a bid to justify the war.
Biden chided Russia’s action in Ukraine saying “It’s nothing less than a direct challenge to the rules-based international order established since the end of World War II, and it threatens to return to decades of war that ravaged Europe before the international rule-based order was put in place. We cannot go back to that. We cannot.”
Biden’s remark prompted a swift reaction from Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov who said it is not to be decided by Biden.
Meanwhile, Russia signalled a potential new front in the invasion of Ukraine as rockets struck the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reiterated his demand from Western nations to send military hardware, asking whether they were intimidated by Moscow.
“We’ve already been waiting 31 days,” Zelensky said during his nightly address.