War in Ukraine: Joe Biden calls Vladimir Putin a “murderous dictator” and a “pure thug”

The American president had already referred to his Russian counterpart as a “war criminal” on Wednesday, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Joe Biden once again raises his voice against his Russian counterpart, three weeks after the start of the invasion of Ukraine. The US President called Vladimir Putin a “murderous dictator” and of “pure thug”Thursday, March 17, during the “Lunch of Friends of Ireland” organized by the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, in Washington.

The American leader had for the first time called the Russian president a “war criminal”, thank you, in response to a journalist’s question. “The president was talking with his heart and from what you saw on television, that is, the barbaric actions of a brutal dictator”, his spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, later said. She clarified that a “legal procedure [était] still ongoing at the State Department” concerning a legal qualification of “war crimes” committed by Russia in Ukraine.

No American official had until now publicly used the terms “war criminal” or “war crimes”, unlike other States or international organizations. “We consider unacceptable and unforgivable such rhetoric from the head of state, whose bombs have killed hundreds of thousands of people around the world”reacted on Wednesday the spokesman for the Russian presidency, Dmitry Peskov, quoted by the Tass and RIA Novosti agencies.

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