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Biden’s remark Putin is causing anxiety in Europe that he “cannot maintain power”

London-Until the final line of President Joe Biden’s speech, Western allies were almost rock-stepped against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Nine words have probably caused the most serious cracks to date.

“For God, this man cannot maintain power,” Biden told Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in an ad-lib line at the end of a carefully measured speech in Poland on Saturday. Three days of diplomacy in Europe.

The president often criticized Putin and actually named him a “butcher” earlier in the day. But what appears to be a call for the end of Putin’s leadership has been seen as a dangerous and escalating move by some world leaders, officials and experts. Narrow the window for propaganda machines and efforts to create peace in Ukraine.

US officials hurried back to clarify Biden’s comments. And when the president himself was asked by reporters on Sunday whether he would support the change of power in Moscow, he gave a clear “no”.

Less than a week after the Kremlin said it would not rule out the use of nuclear weapons, it faced the threat of the existence of nuclear weapons.

French President Emmanuel Macron told French television on Sunday that he “does not use this kind of wording” and warned that “things should not be escalated by words or actions.”

Biden was one of the loudest Putin critics among the world’s leaders, but Macron has publicly sought to maintain an open line with the Kremlin before and after his troops arrived in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the European Union’s chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, stated, “We are not after the change of power. It is up to the Russian citizens.”

French defense expert François Heissbourg, senior adviser to the think tank of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, said: Tweet Biden’s comment was “a very escalating move.” And Wolfgang Isinger, a former German ambassador to the United States, said I have written They were “not very wise and strategic” and warned European powers “you should not follow this rhetoric.”

What is worrisome in Europe is that Biden’s unscripted remarks give credibility to Moscow’s belief that Washington’s goal is not really Ukraine’s freedom, but Russia’s change of power.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Biden’s words were “certainly alarming” and were carefully watched, according to Reuters.

Image: US President Joe Biden visits Poland
The Ukrainian cause has drawn people to the streets of the European capital and showed their support.Evelyn Hoxtine / Reuters

Russia has accused the West of instigating a series of “color revolutions” to overthrow the governments of several former Soviet countries, including Ukraine. It has long been argued that Washington’s ultimate motive for supporting Kiif is to defeat Putin in a similar way.

“Biden’s comments only further support that belief,” Thomas Graham, a prominent fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Washington-based think tank, told NBC News.

He added that the president’s framework of war as a “struggle between democracy and dictatorship” already “leaves little room for diplomacy.” That window.

Asked to comment on Biden’s international reaction to the words, the White House pointed out a previous statement widely sent to reporters on Monday. He had not discussed President Putin’s power or the change of power in Russia. “

Not everyone was so surprised.

This statement was supported in Kiev, who called on the United States and its allies to do more to support the fight against Russia.

Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, Oksana Marcarova, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that Ukraine “heared President Biden loudly and clearly,” Putin “cannot take power in the civilized world.” Said.

In Berlin, German Prime Minister Olaf Scholz told local television on Sunday that NATO and Biden “completely agree” that the change of power is not the goal of Ukraine’s strategy.

Some foreign policy observers sympathize with Biden’s position and are critical of Europe.

Jonathan Eyal, Associate Director of the Royal United Services Institute, a London-based think tank, said:

While leaders like Macron flew to Moscow for talks, the United States was sometimes the loudest warning of an imminent war in a skeptical world.

Eyal calls the anger over Biden’s comments “huge irrelevant noise.”

“It’s clear that the US president has made a false statement, and it’s clear that US policy doesn’t condition all of Moscow’s regime change,” he said.

“To be honest with the record, Putin is the only one trying to overthrow the Ukrainian elected government.”

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