The US president has branded his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, a “butcher”
Joe Biden’s repeated verbal attacks on Vladimir Putin only contribute to the deterioration of the ties between their two nations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday.
“A head of state must remain civil. These personal insults, however, reduce the opportunity to build a bilateral relationship in the current context. [US] administration,” Peskov said, suggesting Biden’s own war record gave him no right to criticize anyone.
After all, this is the man who, back then, speaking on television, demanded his own country bomb Yugoslavia … He demanded they kill people.
After meeting with Ukrainian refugees in Warsaw, Joe Biden, the US president had made a new attack on his Russian counterpart. Biden was in Poland to meet with Kiev officials. When asked by journalists what his opinion was of Putin, Biden bluntly answered. “He’s a butcher.”
Over the past few days, Biden has repeatedly launched vicious volleys at Russia’s president, ramping up his rhetoric each time. Last week, he branded Putin a “war criminal,” later referring to him as a “murderous dictator, a pure thug who is waging an immoral war against the people of Ukraine.”
Moscow attacked its neighbor last month, following a seven-year standoff over Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols were French and German-brokered. They had been intended to normalize those areas within Ukraine’s state.
Russia now demands that Ukraine declare itself neutral and vows to eject it from the US-led NATO alliance. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics through force.
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