Biden Calls for Russian President’s Removal From Power: Moscow Says Its Not America’s Call to Make

On March 26 U.S. President Joe Biden stated that his Russia counterpart Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in power,” which was interpreted as one of the most open calls yet by leading American officials for the overthrow of the current Russian administration. “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” Biden said, having previously referred to the Russian leader as a “war criminal” and a “dictator” which have been increasingly common terms in Western discourse. This came amid fast deteriorating relations following the outbreak of war between Russia and Ukraine on February 24, which followed eight of high tensions over a number of issues ranging from proxy warfare in Syria to Western conflict with Russia’s ally Belarus.

Western sources have widely speculated since February that the United States could be seeking to arrange a military coup in Russia to overthrow the Putin administration and install one more amenable to western interests in its place. With Russia having moved to shut down western social media platforms operating in Russia, which previously provided a key means to influence public discourse in the country from abroad, prospects for the administration’s overthrow appear increasingly slim. In response to President Biden’s statement, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Reuters: "That's not for Biden to decide. The president of Russia is elected by Russians." Tensions between Moscow and Washington are expected to continue to worsen.

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