Kremlin on Biden’s Warsaw address: Russians decide who rule Russia
The Kremlin tersely bashed the US president's plain push for regime change in Russia.
Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated that it is not up to US President Joe Biden to decide who should rule Russia.
Commenting on Biden’s words in Warsaw, Peskov said "that’s not for Biden to decide. The president of Russia is elected by Russians”.
In his speech in Poland on Saturday, Biden said that Russian President Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in power."
Later, the White House rushed to clarify that Biden had not advocated for regime change in Russia during his speech on Ukraine.
A White House official claimed that “the President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region," stressing that "He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia or regime change."
It is worth mentioning that Biden's approval declined following a salvo of crises his administration was hit by, such as the pandemic and the hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan, not to mention handling the situation in Ukraine which could lead to his party’s midterm wipeout.
Russia had launched a special military operation in Ukraine over NATO's eastward expansion, the Ukrainian shelling of Donbass, and the killing of the people of the Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic, in addition to Moscow wanting to "denazify" and demilitarize Ukraine.