Putin Won’t Congratulate Biden on 4th of July, Says Kremlin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will not congratulate US counterpart Joe Biden on US Independence Day on Monday over Washington’s “hostile” actions toward Moscow, the Kremlin said.

“Congratulations this year can hardly be considered appropriate,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call. “The United States’ hostile policies are the reason.”

Russia said US threats could further destabilize situation with Ukraine

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The Kremlin said in January, before the start of the war, that threats from US President Joe Biden about “possible disastrous consequences” for Russia would not help to reduce rising tensions over Ukraine and could even further destabilize the situation.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov made the remark after Biden predicted that Russia would make a move on Ukraine. Biden said Moscow would pay dearly for a full-scale invasion.

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“We believe that they do not contribute in any way to relieving the tension that has now arisen in Europe, and that they can collaborate to [aumentar] the destabilization of the situation,” Peskov said at the time.

Biden called Putin a ‘war criminal’ in April

In early April, US President Joe Biden called the atrocities committed by Russia and President Vladimir Putin in Bucha, Ukraine, a “war crime” but said it was not genocide, adding that he would look further into the matter. sanctions on Russia.

“You may remember that I was criticized for calling Putin a war criminal. Well, the truth is that you saw what happened in Bucha”. This guarantees that he is a war criminal. But we have to gather the information,” Biden said of the investigations and new measures against Russia.

“We have to keep providing Ukraine with the weapons they need to continue the fight and we have to get all the details so this can be real – to have a war crime trial. This guy is brutal and what is happening in Bucha is outrageous and everyone has seen it,” Biden told reporters upon landing in Washington.

Asked whether the crimes committed in Bucha justify the genocide situation, Biden told reporters: “No, I think it’s a war crime.”

Russia denies being responsible for the massacre in the city and sees a campaign of disinformation and lies by Ukraine. According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the chronology of events and images of the city does not support the Ukrainian version. The Kremlin claims Russian forces left the city days before the bodies turned up.

Source: CNN Brasil

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