“Evidence of war crimes in Ukraine”, says Nadhim Zahawi

Appearing on Sophie Ridge on Sky News on Sunday, Mr Zahawi was asked if the UK government agrees with Joe Biden that Vladimir Poutine “can’t stay in power,” said: “I think it’s up to the Russian people to decide.

“I think the Russian people are tired of what is happening in ukrainethis illegal invasion, the destruction of their own livelihoods, their economy is collapsing around them and I think the Russian people will decide the fate of Putin and his cronies.

In a highly charged speech in Warsaw, Mr Biden made a direct appeal to the Russian people, with comparisons between the invasion of Ukraine and the horrors of World War II.

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“For the love of God, this man cannot stay in power,” he said of the Russian president at the end of his speech. He has previously described Mr Putin as a “butcher”.

As several rockets hit the city of Lviv near the Polish border in western Ukraine, Mr Biden pleaded: “If you are able to listen, you, the Russian people, are not our enemy. .”

But a White House official tried to argue that the US president’s argument was that the Russian leader “cannot be allowed to wield power over his neighbors or the region”.

“He wasn’t talking about Putin’s power in Russia, or about regime change,” the official said, before reports in the United States suggested the remarks in question were unscripted.

Pressed further on the US President’s comments on regime change in Russia, Mr Zahawi told Sophy Ridge on Sky News on Sunday: ‘This is an illegal invasion of Ukraine and it has to stop, and I think it that’s what the president was talking about.”

When asked if Mr Biden was wrong to say what he did, Mr Zahawi replied: “No, what I’m telling you is that the White House has been very clear about this. subject, the president gave a very powerful speech on this subject and I think both the United States and the United Kingdom agree that it is up to the Russian people to decide who should govern them.

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