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Washington / TEH: The White House confirmed that US President Joe Biden’s description of the situation in Ukraine as genocide “will not change US policy, and should not confuse world leaders.”

This came in the context of White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki’s comment, Wednesday evening, on the US President’s statements on the Ukraine-Russia crisis.

The spokeswoman said that the US president was talking, on Tuesday, about “what we all see, which he clearly feels about the atrocities that are taking place on the ground in Ukraine,” according to CNN.


Psaki added that legal proceedings are underway to determine whether Ukraine witnessed a “genocide”, but that Biden was expressing his views as “President of the United States, not just a personal position.” One of the online magazines, The Eastern Herald.

“We are here to implement his views, he is the president of the United States and the leader of the free world and he is allowed to express his views any time he wants,” the US official added.

A White House spokeswoman confirmed to CNN that “world leaders should not be confused by Biden’s comments.”

She added: “Russian President Vladimir Putin brutally targets civilians and treats a country brutally, so President Biden was talking about what those atrocities are.”

Psaki concluded her speech by saying that even an official characterization of genocide would not necessarily change US policy, and there would certainly be an international effort to explore that, and investigate at the international level, and that usually takes many years.


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