President Joe Biden on Saturday mentioned Russian chief Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in power," ratcheting up worldwide stress and additional uniting NATO allies in opposition to Putin over his invasion of Ukraine.
"A dictator, bent on rebuilding an empire, will never erase the people's love for liberty," Biden mentioned on the finish of a sweeping speech in Poland. "Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia, for free people refuse to live in a world of hopelessness and darkness."
"For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power," Biden mentioned.
Biden has hurled invective at Putin all through the disaster in Ukraine, labeling him a "murderous dictator" and a "war criminal," however has beforehand stopped brief of calling for his removing from energy.
Later Saturday, a White House official tried to make clear that Biden "was not discussing Putin's power in Russia, or regime change," however somewhat was making the purpose that Putin "cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region."
The president's deal with on the Royal Castle in Warsaw marked the grand finale of a three-day journey to Europe. While in Poland, Biden met with Ukrainian refugees who had fled Russian aggression, in addition to with U.S. troops stationed in Rzeszow, close to Ukraine's border.
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In his speech, Biden urged democracies all over the world to unify in opposition to Russia and decide to a historic battle in opposition to authoritarian aggression.
"In this battle, we need to be clear-eyed," he mentioned. "We need to steel ourselves for the long fight ahead."
Biden instantly and repeatedly condemned Putin all through the speech, accusing the Russian president of "using brute force and disinformation to satisfy a craving for absolute power and control."
Biden slammed Putin for invoking Nazi imagery as a pretext for an invasion, calling it an "obscene" lie. And he mentioned it’s "Putin who is to blame" for the mountain of worldwide sanctions which are crushing Russia's financial system and its foreign money, noting that the Russian ruble has been diminished to "rubble."
Biden additionally spoke previous Putin, making an attempt to ship an attraction to whichever Russian residents might be able to hear the speech.
"This is not the future you deserve for your families and children," Biden mentioned. "I'm telling you the truth, this war is not worthy of you, the Russian people."
Biden's message to Ukraine was extra direct: "We stand with you. Period."
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