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White House denies Biden closed the door on dialogue by accusing Putin of genocide

Porta-voz da Casa Branca disse que EUA “sempre” apoiarão Ucrânia na busca por diálogo, e que órgãos do governo americano avaliarão se gestão Biden vai designar formalmente ofensiva russa como genocídio

White House spokesperson said the US will “always” support Ukraine in the search for dialogue, and that US government agencies will assess whether Biden’s administration will appoint formally Russian offensive as genocide| Photo: EFE/EPA/Oliver Contreras
13192045 13192045 US President Joe Biden remains open to negotiating with Vladimir Putin, despite having accused the Russian president of committing genocide in Ukraine, he claimed this Wednesday () White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki .

The spokeswoman positioned herself when asked during a press conference , on whether the use of the word “genocide” to describe the war in Ukraine means that Biden has closed the door on dialogue with Putin.

“No, I would dispute that understanding. Peace talks are something we will always support, the president, the secretary of state and the national security adviser. We will always support the Ukrainians in this effort,” he declared.

13192045Psaki defended the comments. made by Biden on Tuesday (), in which he used the word “genocide” to describe the war in Ukraine at an event in Iowa, where he talked about inflation.

After the riot, Biden spoke to reporters traveling with him and said he believed Putin was committing genocide in Ukraine.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that Putin is trying to eliminate the idea of ​​being Ukrainian. Evidence is mounting. It’s different from last week. More evidence is emerging that literally shows the horrible things the Russians have done in Ukraine,” Biden commented.

The president, however, said he would leave it to the lawyers to decide at the international level whether or not the events in Ukraine qualify as genocide: “But I think so,” he added.

As Biden made the remarks during a speech on inflation, some political analysts began to speculate on whether or not he had gone off-script on an issue vital to US foreign policy, something he has done on other occasions.

Psaki did not clarify whether Biden was expected to make such a comment, but argued that he is the president of the US and “of the free world”, so he can voice his opinion. whenever you want.

The representative also explained that the US Department of State USA and other agencies government agencies will conduct an internal legal review to decide whether to formally designate what is happening in Ukraine as genocide.

The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted on 1948 by the UN, considers that the Genocide is committed when one kills or commits acts of violence against a group with the intention of destroying it in whole or in part because of its nationality, ethnicity, race or religious affiliation. The Kremlin considered Biden’s accusation “unacceptable.”

Biden announced on Wednesday that it authorized an additional US$ 800 in military and security assistance to Ukraine, after speaking by phone with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky.

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