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Joe Biden about Putin: "this man cannot remain in power", Kremlin responds

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The US President Joe Biden gave a fierce speech at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland on March 26. On Saturday evening, Biden said that Russian President Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in power," but the White House said afterward that it was not a call for regime change.

During his speech, he said, "For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power”. After his speech, the white house responded by saying, “The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbours or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.”

According to White office, the statement that President Biden made was not prepared in advance. US officials had said previously said removing Putin from power was not their goal.

Earlier this month the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, "For us, it's not about regime change. The Russian people have to decide who they want to lead them.”

After Biden’s speech Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “This is not to be decided by Mr. Biden, It should only be a choice of the people of the Russian Federation."

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