February 5, 2023

Biden said Putin 'cannot remain in power' in sweeping rhetoric on Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Biden said Putin ‘cannot remain in power’ in sweeping rhetoric on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

US President Joe Biden delivers a speech at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland on March 26, 2022.

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President Joe Biden On Saturday, the Russian leader said Russian President Vladimir Putin He “couldn’t stay in power,” which increased international pressure and further united NATO allies against Putin over his invasion of Ukraine.

“A dictator, bent on rebuilding an empire, will never erase the people’s love for freedom,” Biden said at the end of a sweeping speech in Poland. “Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia, because free people refuse to live in a world of despair and darkness.”

“For God’s sake, this guy can’t stay in power,” Biden said.

The President’s speech at the Royal Castle in Warsaw marked the grand conclusion of a three-day trip to Europe. While in Poland, Biden met with Ukrainian refugees who had fled Russian aggression, as well as with US forces stationed in Rzeszow, near the Ukrainian border.

In his speech, Biden urged democracies around the world to unite against Russia and commit to a historic battle against authoritarian aggression.

“In this fight, we must be clear,” he said. “We need to strengthen ourselves for the long battle ahead.”

Biden directly and repeatedly condemned Putin throughout the speech, accusing the Russian president of “using brute force and disinformation to satisfy an absolute desire for power and control.”

Biden criticized Putin for invoking Nazi images as a pretext for an invasion, calling it an “obscene” lie. He said that “Putin is responsible” for the mountain of international sanctions that are crushing Russia’s economy and currency, noting that the Russian ruble has been reduced to “a rubble.”

Biden has also spoken in the past with Putin, in an attempt to make an appeal to any Russian citizen who might be able to hear the speech.

“This is not the future you deserve for your families and your children,” Biden said. “I tell you the truth, this war is not for you, Russian people.”

Biden’s message to Ukraine was more direct: “We stand with you. Period.”

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