Kremlin Says Biden's Remarks on Putin 'Alarming', 'Personal Insult'
23:24 GMT 28.03.2022 (Updated: 04:19 GMT 29.03.2022)
© Alexei NikolskyRussian President Vladimir Putin signs a document recognizing the independence of separatist regions in eastern Ukraine in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. Russia's Putin has recognized the independence of separatist regions in eastern Ukraine, raising tensions with West.
© Alexei Nikolsky
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said US President Joe Biden's remarks that Russian President Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in power" were alarming and represent a person insult.
Following Biden's speech in Warsaw, the White House immediately tried to walk back his statement, saying the US president did not endorse a regime change in Russia and only suggested that "Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region".
"It's quite alarming, first of all, it's a personal insult", Peskov said during an interview with PBS NewsHour on Monday.
Biden's "gaffe" was met harshly within the United States, with many sensing echoes of the "Cold War" in it, while others openly doubted the official statements claiming that the US is not promoting regime change in Russia, or elsewhere.
European allies, including Germany and France, also distanced themselves from Biden's comment, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for de-escalating rhetoric.
28 March 2022, 12:21 GMT
Biden, however, said Monday he is not walking back his words and argued he was "expressing moral outrage" and not "articulating a policy change", adding that he does not believe his words would lead to escalation.
Regarding a possible meeting with Putin, he also claimed, "It depends on what he wants to talk about".
Biden's "gaffe" about Russia wasn't the only confusing (to say the least) statement he has made in recent days. The US president also sounded like he was going to send troops to Ukraine to fight Russian soldiers and that it was possible Washington would use chemical weapons, both of which Biden now denies, claiming he was "misinterpreted".
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