Russia has angrily hit back at Joe Biden’s jibe that ‘butcher’ Vladimir Putin ‘cannot stay in power’ by branding the US leader ‘weak, sick and deluded’.
Moscow deployed its loyal attack dogs on Kremlin-controlled TV to claim the president should undergo a ‘medical examination’ because he is incapable of ‘soberly’ assessing reality.
Putin’s own spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: ‘We don’t know what President Biden meant, we know what he said.
Russia has angrily hit back at Joe Biden’s jibe that ‘butcher’ Vladimir Putin ‘cannot stay in power’ by branding the US leader ‘weak, sick and deluded’
Moscow deployed its loyal attack dogs on Kremlin-controlled TV to claim the president should undergo a ‘medical examination’
‘And what he said in general in his speech suggests that he is a victim of numerous delusions.’
Speaker of the Russian parliament Vyacheslav Volodin branded Biden a ‘weak and sick man’, guilty of ‘hysteria’ by branding Putin a ‘butcher’ for the bloodshed in Ukraine.
The US president’s behaviour might be ‘professionally explained by psychiatrists’ but ‘from a male point of view, the weak behave this way.
‘US citizens should be ashamed of their president.
‘Perhaps, he is sick. It would be right for Biden to undergo a medical examination.’
A Ukrainian serviceman walks outside the regional administration building heavily damaged after a Russian attack in Kharkiv
Senior pro-Putin MP Leonid Slutsky said on Telegram: ‘Biden has completely crossed all boundaries of decency.
‘The epithets which he throws at the Russian president are more suitable for those who killed civilians – the elderly, women and children – in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, Syria.
‘Do you need a reminder as to who was behind all those campaigns? The USA!
‘Or, perhaps, you need a reminder as to who encouraged Nazism in Ukraine? The USA!’
State TV also hit out at Biden’s countless ‘slips of the tongue and mistakes’ such as referring to blitzed city Mariupol as Metropol, and calling the Polish president ‘ambassador’.
A destroyed house is seen in Byshiv, Ukraine, as Russian shelling and missile strikes continue
Rossiya 1 correspondent Asya Yemelyanova scoffed that Biden’s ‘familiar geographical slip-ups like ‘Mariupol – Metropol’ are nonsense compared to the fact that in Ukraine, according to the president, there are no Nazis, because Zelensky is a Jew, and the dollar in Russia is already worth 200 roubles’.
NTV correspondent Lisa Gerson said that Biden had no right to say Putin ‘cannot remain in power’ because 76 per cent of voters had backed him four years ago.
However, the 2018 election was dominated by accusations of vote-rigging, the banning of opposition candidates and lack of access to the media to any-Putin parties.
Centre TV, owned by the Moscow government, dubbed the ‘butcher ‘ charge against Putin as ‘frankly insulting’.
Yesterday, Biden made a U-turn over his unscripted call for regime change when leaving Holy Trinity Church in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington D.C. on Sunday.
‘Mr President do you want Putin removed?’, the reporter asked. ‘Mr President were you calling for regime change?’ they asked, to which Biden turned to the camera and yelled ‘no!’ before getting into his motorcade.
Less than 24 hours earlier, Biden said: ‘For God’s sake this man cannot remain in power,’ in a shocking apparent call for regime change in Moscow.
The call came at the end of an impassioned speech from Poland on Saturday.
The unscripted remark, which the White House scrambled to walk back as the Kremlin expressed fury, came at the end of an otherwise resolute and fiery speech rallying the free world to unite in opposition to autocracy and support of Ukraine.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday also warned against an escalation ‘in words and action’, hours after Biden branded Putin a ‘butcher’ who ‘cannot remain in power’.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday warned against an escalation ‘in words and action’, hours after US President Joe Biden on Saturday branded Russian President Vladimir Putin a ‘butcher’ who ‘cannot remain in power’ (Macron pictured March 25)
Macron, a close US ally who has also spoken frequently with Putin since the invasion, warned the West not to ‘escalate in words or actions’ – or risk hampering vital humanitarian efforts, including hopes of evacuating the devastated Ukrainian city of Mariupol.
Macron’s attempt at mediation came hours after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured reporters at a press conference in Jerusalem that the United States was not looking for ‘regime change’ in Moscow or anywhere else in the world.
Blinken quickly walked back his President’s comments, explaining that his boss was likely referring to Putin’s influence outside of his country — including Moscow’s bloody and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine which has now spanned over a month.
‘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,’ Blinken said according to multiple reports.
‘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.’