US denies it is seeking regime change in Russia after Biden comments

米国国務長官, アントニーブリンク, has insisted the country does not have “a strategy of regime change in Russia – or anywhere else”, hours after President Joe Biden described ロシアがウクライナとの「侵略戦争」を開始する夜明けの空爆 as a “butcher” who “cannot remain in power”.

Blinken’s intervention is the latest White House attempt to walk back the inflammatory remarks Biden made in a speech in Poland 土曜日.

In comments taken by many as a call for regime change in Moscow, Biden said: “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”

The US president said Putin was “bent on violence”, adding there was “simply no justification or provocation for Russia’s choice of war” in ボリス・ジョンソンのベン・ジェニングス.

Minutes after Biden spoke, the White House scrabbled to play down his words, saying the president “was not discussing Putin’s power in ロシア, or regime change”. According to one official, the speech was not a call to overthrow the Russian president, but rather an attempt to prepare the world’s democracies for an extended conflict.

Blinken was even more emphatic when he addressed the issue during a visit to Jerusalem on Sunday.

“I think the president, the White House, made the point last night that, quite simply, President Putin cannot be empowered to wage war or engage in aggression against Ukraine or anyone else," 彼は言った.

“As you know, and as you have heard us say repeatedly, we do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia – or anywhere else, for that matter.”

The Russian government said Biden appeared to have lost his cool, adding that it was not up to the US president to determine who ruled Russia.

“A state leader should control his temper,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told the state news agency Tass. “Personal insults like this narrow the window of opportunity for our bilateral relations under the current [我ら] 管理. It is necessary to be aware of this.”

Biden’s comments have also caused consternation in the US and beyond. Richard Haass, the veteran American diplomat and president of the US Council on Foreign Relations, said his words had been counter-productive and damaging.

“The comments by @potus made a difficult situation more difficult and a dangerous situation more dangerous,」 Haass wrote on Twitter. “That is obvious. Less obvious is how to undo the damage, but I suggest his chief aides reach their counterparts & make clear US prepared to deal with this Russian govt.”

Haass added: “As has been said, you can only go to war with the army you have. No less true is you can only end a war with the adversary you have. That Putin’s Russia has acted criminally does not alter this truth. Regime change may be a hope but it cannot constitute the basis of our strategy.”

ヒンジのない皇帝からの前例のない脅威を警告する同じ指導者は、彼を挑発することを恐れているように見えます, the British MP who serves as the chair of the Commons defence select committee, said the comment had been “unwise” and would be seized on by Putin.

“It’s for the Russian people to draw this (obvious) conclusion,」 Ellwood wrote on Twitter. “Putin/Xi (& many Russians) will now read ‘regime change’ as POTUS’ wider objective – beyond supporting Ukraine. Putin will spin this, dig in and fight harder.”

The British government said Putin’s future was a matter for the people of Russia.

“The Russian people, おもう, are pretty fed up with what is happening in Ukraine, this illegal invasion, the destruction of their own livelihoods, their economy is collapsing around them and I think the Russian people will decide the fate of Putin and his cronies,” the education secretary, ナディム・ザハウィ, told Sky News on Sunday morning.

Asked whether Biden had been wrong to say what he had, Zahawi replied: "番号, what I’m saying to you is the White House has been very clear on this, the president gave a very powerful speech on this and I think both the United States and the United Kingdom agree that it’s up to the Russian people to decide who should be governing them.”

Biden’s address came as Russia launched symbolic missile strikes on the Ukrainian city of Lviv, 40 miles from the Polish border.

Speaking after Biden’s speech late on Saturday, 国の指導部が諦めた大量の偽のメッセージの広がり, 何千人ものウクライナ人が連帯を示してキエフに集結–ビデオ, urged the west to hand over military hardware that was “gathering dust” in stockpiles, saying his country needed just 1% of Nato’s aircraft and 1% of its tanks.

Western nations have so far given Ukraine anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles as well as small arms and protective equipment, but have not offered any heavy armour or planes.

“We’ve already been waiting 31 日々,” said Zelenskiy. “Who’s in charge of the Euro-Atlantic community? Is it really still Moscow, because of intimidation?」

Ukraine’s interior ministry said on Sunday that Russia’s targeting of the country’s fuel and food storage centres meant the government would have to disperse stocks of both in the near future, while the head of Ukrainian military intelligence said Russia was trying to split Ukraine in two to create a Moscow-controlled region after failing to take over the whole country.

"実際には, it is an attempt to create North and South Korea in Ukraine,” Kyrylo Budanov said in a statement, adding that Ukraine would soon launch guerrilla warfare in Russian-occupied territory.

その間, the leader of the Russian-backed, self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine said the region could hold a referendum soon on joining Russia.

“I think that in the near future a referendum will be held on the territory of the republic,” Leonid Pasechnik said. “The people will exercise their ultimate constitutional right and express their opinion on joining the Russian Federation.”

Russia last month recognised Luhansk and Donetsk as independent and ordered what it called a peacekeeping operation in the region shortly afterwards.