US-Russia relations in crisis as Biden calls Putin a war criminal

US-Russia relations in crisis as Biden calls Putin a war criminal

Biden’s efforts to stabilize a volatile relationship with Russia have come up against the same roadblock – Putin – that his recent predecessors have faced.

  • President Joe Biden is managing a strained relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Biden’s vow to make Putin an “outcast” on the world stage and brand him a war criminal could be risky.
  • Others say Biden’s harsh rhetoric was an honest reaction to the unprovoked assault on Ukraine.

WASHINGTON — When President Joe Biden met with Vladimir Putin at an 18th-century villa in Geneva last June for a three-hour one-on-one, he cast aside fears that the Russian president might look down on the encounter. level as a reward.

Biden, who sees foreign policy as the logical extension of personal relationships, is under no illusions about Putin’s ambitions, including his designs on Ukraine. After all, the president bragged about telling Putin he had no soul.

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