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Newsline: US diplomats work double-time to walk back Biden’s Putin ‘cannot remain in power’ remark

President Biden’s off-the-cuff remark that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power” was walked back on Sunday, as some warned that his comment was even more provocative than sending fighter jets into Ukraine. Biden turned heads at the end of his Saturday speech in Poland, during which he spoke about efforts to support the people of Ukraine, who have been under a relentless attack from Russia. “For God’s sake, this man (Putin) cannot remain in power,” Biden said in the eyebrow-raising remark. The White House and Biden’s cabinet have been downplaying the comment, claiming that Biden meant Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over the region. Biden was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia or regime change, according to the White House. “President Putin cannot be empowered to wage war or engage in aggression against Ukraine or anyone else,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a press conference in Israel. “… We do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia or anywhere else, for that matter,” he added. “In this case, as in any case, it’s up to the people of the country in question. It’s up to the Russian people.” (https://www.bostonherald.com/2022/03/27/diplomats-work-double-time-to-walk-back-bidens-putin-cannot-remain-in-power-remark/) U.S. Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith on Sunday echoed Blinken’s comments. She noted that Biden had spent the day visiting with Ukrainian refugees, and delivered a “principled human reaction.”

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