Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin, has commented on a recent statement by US President Joe Biden which drew parallels between Putin and Hamas.
Peskov, speaking at a briefing for journalists on Oct. 20, stated that the Kremlin does not accept such a tone in relation to the Russian president, stressing that the current international situation is ‘tense and potentially dangerous’.
“There are a lot of emotions in the speeches of various politicians, including high-ranking politicians. But it is unlikely that such rhetoric is suitable for responsible leaders of states, and it is unlikely that such rhetoric can be acceptable to us,” Peskov said.
“We do not accept such a tone in relation to the Russian Federation, in relation to our president,” he added.
Speaking further, he said that Biden’s comments suggest that the US will keep on exerting pressure to constrain Russia, adding that such efforts have been “historically ineffective and will remain so in the future.”
President Biden on Oct. 19 made an impassioned call to his nation to show global leadership by backing Israel and Ukraine, saying in a speech from the Oval Office that defeating Hamas and Russia was a vital US interest.
Biden made clear who he thinks the bad guys are, saying that Hamas and Putin “represent different threats” but that they share in common a desire to “completely annihilate a neighboring democracy.”
Biden added: “We cannot and will not let terrorists like Hamas and tyrants like Putin win. I refuse to let that happen.”
He also warned: “If we don’t stop Putin’s appetite for power and control in Ukraine, he won’t limit himself just to Ukraine.”
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