Joe Biden danced polka badly – Kommersant newspaper № 52 (7253) from March 28, 2022

The President of the United States has completed his European tour. His final chord was Joe Biden’s speech in Warsaw on the Ukrainian crisis, relations with allies and the future of Russia. The speech of the head of the White House, which is actively commented on in Washington and Moscow, turned out to be the most scandalous during his tenure. The President of the United States has publicly acknowledged that the long-term goal of the sanctions declared by the collective West is a change of government in Russia. Although the White House is trying to unleash a scandal on the brakes, Joe Biden’s phrases addressed to the audience of the royal castle will remain for a long time in the history of US-Russian relations.

Joe Biden’s visit to Poland, which began last Friday, culminated in his European tour, during which the US president took part in an emergency NATO summit, a meeting of G7 leaders and a meeting of the European Council in Brussels. Given that Brussels was the main platform for a collective brainstorming of Western allies on the Ukrainian crisis and relations with Russia, the trip to Warsaw initially seemed only the final point to what was said and agreed on the first stage of the trip.

However, suddenly the Polish part of Joe Biden’s tour turned out to be the most unpredictable from the first minutes. The program of the trip to the city of Rzeszow, which borders the Lviv region, where the 82nd Airborne Division is stationed, had to be urgently corrected in connection with the breakdown of Polish President Andrzej Duda’s plane, which crashed in Warsaw before reaching Rzeszow.

Given that Andrzej Dude had to travel to Rzeszów on a spare plane, Joe Biden was forced to spend 40 minutes in his Air Force One waiting for the Polish leadership.

In the end, it all ended in a happy ending. “Thank you so much for what you do, you are the best, and it is no exaggeration. You are the best and you are fighting for us in world history. This is not an exaggeration, ”Joe Biden told the US military, eating pizza with them at a local canteen and visiting a barber shop. He then held a meeting in Rzeszów on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and held talks with President Duda.

Meanwhile, the main sensation was ahead.

It was a long speech by Joe Biden, which he gave on Saturday in the courtyard of the Royal Castle of Warsaw, before visiting the refugee reception center and talking to volunteers.

When one of the journalists asked him what he thought of Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden replied: “He’s a butcher, that’s what I think about it.”

However, the scandalous phrase about President Putin that “this man cannot stay in power” was still reserved for the Warsaw audience.

In his address, Joe Biden focused on the future of Russia and its people after the start of a special military operation in Ukraine. Thus, he outlined the further American strategy towards the country, which, in his opinion, has lost its future. “I have always spoken directly and honestly with you, the Russian people. Let me say this if you hear that you, the Russian people, are not our enemy, “he said.

However, the US president immediately admitted that the actions of the country’s leadership “cut off the Russian people from the rest of the world and return Russia back to the XIX century.” “Only a few days before, you were a country in the 21st century with hopes and dreams that people around the world have for themselves and their families,” said Joe Biden.

“Russia’s economy is moving towards halving in the coming years. It was considered the world’s eleventh largest economy before the invasion. She won’t be in the top 20 any time soon, “Joe Biden promised.

However, discussing the measures taken against Russia, which, in his words, “suck out its strength”, Joe Biden made one of the reservations that cast doubt on the reliability of his assessments and his control over the situation. “As a result of our unprecedented sanctions, the ruble almost immediately turned into rubble. The Russian economy – and this is true – offers one US dollar for 200 Russian rubles, “said Joe Biden (on the day of his speech, the official rate of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation was about 96 rubles for $ 1).

The second reservation, which spread through telegram channels, concerned the part of the speech in which he spoke about Ukraine – in it he called Mariupol the Metropolis. “At least some help is coming to the central Ukrainian cities. But not in the Metropolis. I’m sorry. Not in Mariupol, “said Joe Biden.

Predicting Russia and its people to extinction and isolation, the US president promised prosperity to Ukraine.

“Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia, because free people have refused to live in a world of hopelessness and darkness. We will have a different future, a brighter future rooted in democracy, “said Joe Biden, who said Ukraine had” inspired the world. ” However, the President of the United States is not ready to promise a quick light to Ukraine tomorrow. He made it clear that “the battle between democracy and authoritarianism” is a long game that “will not be won in days or months.”

In this regard, the US President referred to the experience of Hungary and Czechoslovakia during the Cold War. “Soviet tanks crushed the democratic uprisings, but the resistance continued until finally in 1989 the Berlin Wall and all the walls of Soviet domination fell. They fell, people won, “he said.

Joe Biden’s arguments about democracy and authoritarianism were not limited to Russia and Ukraine. It is noteworthy that there was a former presidential candidate of Belarus, the leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, with whom the US president spoke by phone, already on board the presidential plane returning to Washington. “He thanked her for attending his speech in Warsaw. The President stressed the continuing support of the United States of Belarus for the protection and promotion of human rights, including freedom of expression, as well as free and fair elections, “the White House said.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden once again addressed a press conference in Warsaw on the issue of his relations with Vladimir Putin, who has repeatedly become the main antihero of world politics in the eyes of the US President.

“I personally talked to him on the phone many times. Time and time again! We offered him genuine diplomacy and put forward concrete proposals aimed at strengthening European security. And, as a consequence, transparency. We offered to gain confidence for all parties, “Joe Biden complained. According to him, “the Kremlin seeks to portray NATO enlargement as an imperialist project aimed at destabilizing Russia, but none of this is true. NATO is a purely defensive alliance. “

Responding to Joe Biden’s call for a change of government in Russia, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Reuters: “It’s not up to Biden to decide. The president of Russia is elected by the Russians. ” “Every time such personal insults narrow the window of opportunity for our bilateral relations under the current administration,” he added in an interview with TASS.

Apparently, realizing that Joe Biden has gone too far in his remarks, Washington is hastily trying to reverse.

“The president meant that Putin should not be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors and the region. He did not discuss Putin’s rule in Russia or regime change, “a White House spokesman said on Saturday.

“As you have heard from us many times, we do not have a strategy for regime change in Russia or anywhere else,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken reiterated on Sunday after talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Jair Lapid.

In turn, commenting on Joe Biden’s speech in Warsaw, The Wall Street Journal warns that in a security crisis, the US president should refrain from unprepared comments to avoid inaccuracies and reservations that could exacerbate the situation.

French President Emmanuel Macron was the first European leader to distance himself from Joe Biden’s new remarks. “I would not use such expressions because I continue to discuss with President Putin. We Europeans must not succumb to any escalation. We Europeans must not forget our geography and our history. We are not waging war against the Russian people, “President Macron said on Sunday on France TV, announcing his intention to hold a new telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin on Monday or Tuesday to discuss the evacuation of Mariupol residents.

Sergey Strokan; Catherine Moore, Washington

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