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Kremlin: Biden's 'war criminal' accusation against Putin unforgivable

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Biden did not have the right to use such words as president of a country that "has been bombing people all over the world for years"
15 March 2022, Russia, Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin examines a box of the Mir-19 antiviral medication during a face-to-face meeting with Head of the Federal Medical-Biological Agency Veronika Skvortsova at the Kremlin. Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin Pool/Planet Pix via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa.
Putin examines a box of antiviral medication during a meeting with the Head of the Federal Medical-Biological Agency. Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev/dpa.

The Kremlin has hit back at US President Joe Biden's claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "war criminal," calling the assertion "unacceptable and unforgivable."

"Our president is a very wise, far-sighted, and cultured international personality," said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary for the Kremlin, on Thursday, according to the news agency Interfax.

Biden had used the phrase on Wednesday for the first time with reference to Putin, after the US government had hitherto avoided labelling Russian actions in Ukraine as war crimes.

Peskov said that Biden did not have the right to use such words, especially given that he was president of a country "that has been bombing people all over the world for years," and had dropped a nuclear bomb on a country that had already been defeated.

"I am referring to Hiroshima and Nagasaki," said Peskov.

The US had dropped a nuclear bomb on each of the Japanese cities in August 1945.

Kremlin: Biden's 'war criminal' accusation against Putin unforgivable
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