Biden calls Putin a ‘war criminal’
YAHOO NEWS via AOL/ZeroHedge
President Biden said Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “war criminal” as atrocities from Moscow’s deadly invasion of Ukraine continued to mount.
“I think he is a war criminal,” Biden told reporters at the White House following an event celebrating the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
Biden initially said “no” when asked by a reporter whether he was ready to give Putin that label. But he then returned to the same reporter to ask her to repeat the question, and he answered in the affirmative.
President Biden: “I think he is a war criminal.” pic.twitter.com/R5547PUXKr
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 16, 2022
Asked about Biden’s comments at a press briefing a short while later, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that “the president’s remarks speak for themselves.”
Also on Wednesday, the ICC issued a statement urging the following: “The Russian Federation shall immediately suspend the military operations commenced on 24 February, 2022, that have as their stated purpose and objective the prevention and punishment of a claimed genocide in the Luhansk and Donetskoblasts of Ukraine,” it said.
Some recent headlines via Reuters wire:
- WHITE HOUSE SAYS SAYS ADDITIONAL OPTIONS CAN BE TAKEN ON RUSSIA INCLUDING MORE SANCTIONS
- RUBLE TRADING AT $96.2500 UP 2.78% AGAINST DOLLAR
- BIDEN: WE WILL CONTINUE TO WEAKEN PUTIN AND STRENGTHEN UKRAINE ON THE GROUND AND AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE
- BIDEN: WE ARE HELPING UKRAINE IN LOCATING AND ACQUIRING LONGER-RANGE ANTI-AIRCRAFT WEAPONS AS WELL AS MUNITIONS FOR THOSE SYSTEMS
And the Kremlin’s response to Biden’s “war criminal” comment:
KREMLIN SPOKESMAN SAYS BIDEN’S COMMENTS ABOUT PUTIN BEING A WAR CRIMINAL ARE UNACCEPTABLE AND UNFORGIVABLE RHETORIC -TASS NEWS AGENCY
The Economist has finally found a war it doesn’t like. pic.twitter.com/Lmh3sQAycS
— Alan MacLeod (@AlanRMacLeod) March 16, 2022
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