The Kremlin has criticized US President Joe Biden for his remarks linking Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Palestinian militant group Hamas. Dmitry Peskov, the Russian presidential press secretary, stated that Biden’s comments were unworthy of his office and not suitable for responsible national leaders. Peskov also expressed Moscow’s unhappiness with the US president’s continued attempts to contain Russia, stating that such a policy has not been successful thus far.
The Kremlin spokesperson emphasized that mentioning Putin’s name in US political rhetoric has become a common occurrence at all levels. He noted that while politicians often use emotional rhetoric, it should not be employed by national leaders when discussing Russia and its head of state.
Peskov interpreted Biden’s speech as a commitment to continue containing Russia, a policy that Moscow views as unsuccessful. Notably, the US president failed to mention the lack of success in his remarks. The Kremlin perceives this as an attempt to cover up Washington’s failed anti-Russian policy.
In his address from the Oval Office, Biden spoke about the choices facing the US amid the Ukraine conflict and the Israeli-Palestinian war. He referred to an “inflection point in history” and pledged to prevail over “terrorists” and “dictators.” Biden claimed that Hamas and Putin wanted to completely annihilate neighboring democracies, highlighting their shared objective.
The US president emphasized the importance of military support for Israel and Ukraine as vital to American national interests. He also accused Russia of having an appetite for conquest and warned that Moscow would attack NATO members in Europe if it defeats Ukraine.
However, the Russian government has denied any intentions of attacking NATO members and argues that its actions in Ukraine were a last resort to counter NATO’s eastward expansion and the perceived threat from the Western-backed nationalist government in Kiev. Moscow sees the crisis as a US proxy war against Russia, using Ukrainians as “cannon fodder.”
Biden claimed that Ukraine was succeeding while Russia was failing, and he urged Congress to appropriate more money to support Kiev’s military efforts. He described the US as the “essential nation” and emphasized that its adversaries and competitors were closely watching its actions in Ukraine. Biden warned that if Ukraine were to fail, it would embolden these adversaries and jeopardize American leadership and alliances, which he considered too great a risk.
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