Biden brands Putin a ‘war criminal’

Biden brands Putin a ‘war criminal’


Published: 16:54 17 March 2022   Updated: 16:54 17 March 2022

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin; Photo: Collected

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin; Photo: Collected

United States President Joe Biden has branded Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal”. This is the first time he has used harsh language to denounce Putin. The remarks are expected to further “escalate diplomatic tensions” between the two countries, BBC reported.

At a White House briefing on Wednesday (March 16), a reporter asked Biden if he was ready to call Putin a war criminal in all that has happened so far.

In response, Biden said, “No”. Then he immediately changed his mind ‍and said, “You want to know if I can call him that...? Oh, I think he’s a war criminal.”

Biden has never directly called Putin a “war criminal” since Russia’s invasion in Ukraine. However, after his remarks on Wednesday, the White House said in a statement that he had made the remarks “from his heart”.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russia’s state-run news agency TASS that “we think such remarks are unacceptable and unforgivable, especially from the head of state whose bombings have killed millions around the world”.  

Biden’s remarks came shortly after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed a congressional hearing on Wednesday, asking for more help from Washington.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki later told reporters: “He said this from his heart. He said what we see on television.” 

Jen Psaki said the State Department was working on a separate legal process to investigate allegations of war crimes against Russia.

According to the BBC, the diplomatic bridges between the United States and Russia are collapsing one after another. Biden’s remarks about Putin will make it even harder for Washington to move forward with Moscow.

Biden has already announced another $800 million in military aid to Ukraine, bringing the total US aid to $1 billion.

Source: BBC