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Emmanuel Macron Urge Against The Use Of Aggressive Words 

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Emmanuel Macron Urge Against The Use Of Aggressive Words

After President Joe Biden’s suggestion that Vladimir Putin is a “butcher” who “cannot remain in power,” the US has been forced to clarify that it is not seeking regime change in Russia. This has prompted concern and condemnation both at home and abroad.

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, urged against using aggressive rhetoric in an already tense situation, while the Kremlin said the “personal insults” further harmed US-Russia relations.

Many interpreted Biden’s impromptu statements against Putin’s leadership during a speech in Poland on Saturday as a call for the Russian president to be deposed.

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Biden claimed Putin was “bent on violence” as Russia launched symbolic missile attacks on the Ukrainian city of Lviv, 40 miles from the Polish border, adding that there was “simply no justification or provocation for Russia’s choice of war” in Ukraine.

He continued: “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”

Both the White House and Secretary of State Antony Blinken quickly walked back the president’s remarks, insisting that the US did not have “a strategy of regime change in Russia – or anywhere else”.

Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that he would not have used Biden’s words, but that his goal was to “achieve first a ceasefire and then the total withdrawal of [Russian] troops by diplomatic means”.

He told broadcaster France 3: “If we want to do that, we can’t escalate in either words or actions.”

The White House scrambled to clarify Biden’s meaning minutes later, stating the president “was not referencing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.” According to one official, the speech was not intended to overthrow Russian President Vladimir Putin, but rather to prepare the world’s democracies for a long war.

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,” he said.

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“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.”

Biden had been asked earlier on Saturday what seeing Ukrainian migrants at Stadion Narodowy had made him think of in terms of dealing with Putin. He replied: “He’s a butcher.”

Julianne Smith, the US permanent representative to Nato, told CNN that Biden’s words were “a principled human reaction to the stories that he had heard that day”. But she also stressed the US “does not have a policy of regime change in Russia – full stop”.

Senator James Risch, the leading Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Biden’s departure from the script was a “horrendous gaffe” that caused “a huge problem”

“I think most people who don’t deal in the lane of foreign relations don’t realise that those nine words that he uttered would cause the kind of eruption that they did,” Risch told CNN.

“But any time you say or even as he did suggest that the policy was regime change, it’s gonna cause a huge problem. This administration has done everything they can to stop escalating. There’s not a whole lot more you can do to escalate than to call for regime change.”

Biden looked to lose his cool, according to the Russian authorities, which added that it was not up to the US president to decide who ran 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 [US] administration. It is necessary to be aware of this.”

The Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska said Biden’s speech suggested some sort of “hellish ideological mobilisation” was under way that may usher in a much longer conflict in Ukraine.

Biden’s statements, according to Richard Haass, a veteran American diplomat and president of the US Council on Foreign Relations, were counterproductive and destructive.

“The comments by @potus made a difficult situation more difficult and a dangerous situation more dangerous,”

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