Joe Biden’s administration wants the judicial system to examine the top Russian leader for breaching international warfare rules.
President Biden proposed making his Russian counterpart stand before an international war crimes trial. A judge and jury would hear evidence about the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict before passing judgment.
“We have to gather the information, we have to continue to provide Ukraine with the weapons they need to continue the fight, and we have to get all the detail so this can be an actual … wartime trial,” he said in a statement.
President Biden then used allegations of mass killings in the Ukrainian city of Bucha to accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of wrongdoing.
“You may remember I got criticized for calling Putin a war criminal. Well, the truth of the matter [is] … he is a war criminal,” he said.
“This guy is brutal and what is happening in Bucha is outrageous, and everyone has seen it,” he added.
The Oval Office bearer believes Russia will not retreat unless it is economically isolated from the rest of the world.
“I am going to continue to add sanctions,” he said.
However, he would not indicate what these new measures might include.
“I am seeking more sanctions, yes I will have time to announce that to you,” he said. “I will let you know.”
He earlier refused to back down from demanding Putin’s resignation.
“I am not walking anything back [and,] the fact of the matter is, I was expressing the moral outrage I felt toward the way Putin is dealing, and the actions of this man—just the brutality of it,” he previously said.
“I want to make it clear: I was not then, nor am I now, articulating a policy change [and] I was expressing the moral outrage that I feel, and I make no apologies for it,” he added.
He also used his official visit to Poland to question Putin’s authority.
“For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” he said.
The White House quickly distanced itself from any suggestion the Russian regime needed to change. The Kremlin fired back that the offending comments were “alarming.”