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US President Biden says Putin should no longer be leader of Russia

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President Joe Biden went directly after Vladimir Putin in an emotional speech on Saturday, where he said the Russian president ‘cannot remain in power’ and warned if Putin’s ambitions went unchecked it could lead to decades of war in Europe.

“For god’s sake this man cannot remain in power,” he said of Putin, describing the Russian president as having a ‘craving for absolute power and control.”

The Kremlin reacted furiously at the quote and the White House moved quickly to clear it up, saying Biden was not calling for a regime change in Moscow.

“The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change,” a White House official said.

The Biden administration has taken care to not call for a regime change in Russia, knowing Putin would see it as an escalation.

‘This is not to be decided by Mr. Biden,’ Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in response. “It should only be a choice of the people of the Russian Federation.”

Biden’s remarks came after he made an emotional visit to some of the more than 3 million Ukrainians who have been evacuated their war-torn country and as Russia rained bombs down on the Ukrainian town of Lviv, just a few hundred miles away from Biden’s location in Warsaw.

In his fiery speech, Biden drew a stark line between democracy and oppression, repeatedly going after Putin and accusing the Russian president of dishonesty.

Speaking outdoors in the cobbled courtyard of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, which was lit with the colors of Poland and Ukraine, Biden accused Putin of ‘using brute force and disinformation’ to rule.

“It’s nothing less than a direct challenge to the rules-based system of international order,” Biden said.

Biden also took a cue from Arnold Schwarzenegger – who released a video message to Russians that went viral – and spoke directly to the Russian people.

“I’m telling you the truth. This war is not worthy of you the Russian people,” he said. ‘Putin can and must end this war. The American people will stand with you and the brave citizens of Ukraine that want peace.”

And he warned Putin’s aggression could bring ‘decades of war’ to Europe.

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“It’s nothing less than a direct challenge for the order established since World War II and it threatens to return to decades of war that ravage Europe before the international rule-based order was put in place. We cannot go back to that,” Biden said.

Biden also moved to calm worried Eastern European nations. He made it clear the NATO alliance would hold together and he warned Russia not to think about expanding his invasion outside of Ukraine.

Poland and the old Eastern bloc nations – like Lativa and Estonia – are worried Putin’s ambitions might lead to their borders. But Biden made it clear NATO would protect its member nations and honor Article Five, which states if one is striked, all respond.

“Don’t even think about moving on one single inch of NATO territory. We have sacred obligations,” Biden said.

Biden mentioned his own conversations with Putin before Russia’s invasion late last month.

He said Putin “repeatedly he asserted he had no interest in war – guaranteed he would not move.”

“There is simply no justification or provocation for Russia’s choice of war.”

But Putin and Russia met each of the proposals with disinterest. ‘Russia was bent on violence from the start,’ he said.

After days of diplomacy and quiet meetings with powerbrokers in Warsaw and Brussels, the White House lined up a speech where Biden could speak in broad strokes about what was at stake, as the U.S. and allies rush to arm Ukraine.

Biden said the war has been ‘a strategic failure for Russia already’ – alluding to its battlefield losses.

“He, Putin thought Ukrainians would roll over and not fight. Not much of a student of history. Instead, Russian forces have met their match,” he said, in a speech with references to Pope John Paul II, the siege of Stalingrad, and Lech Walesa.

Despite Putin’s aims, “The west is not stronger and more united than it has ever been,” Biden said, pointing to the international response, Biden said.

“The democracies of the world are revitalized,” said Biden.

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