UK distances itself from Biden’s call to regime change in Russia, Tory minister


Nadhim Zhawi, Education Secretary says it is “up to the Russian people”After US President Joe Biden stated Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power”In Poland, off-the-script remarks

Top Tory Nadhimzahawi insists that it is “up to the Russian people”If Vladimir Putin is allowed to remain in power, it will be a distancing of the UK from Joe Biden’s apparent call for regime changes.

The White House is trying to rebut highly charged comments made by President Trump on Saturday. “butcher” Putin “cannot remain in power”.

Washington was quick to point out that Mr Biden said the Russian President couldn’t extend his power into Ukraine following the seemingly unscripted comments from Poland.

Nadhim Zhawi, Education Secretary, spoke to Sky News Sunday to highlight the fact that it was “for the Russian people to decide how they are governed”.

After speaking with Ukrainian refugees in Poland, Biden made comparisons to the invasion of Ukraine and horrors of World War II.

“For God’s sake this man cannot remain in power,”At the end of his speech, he spoke of the Russian president.

He appealed directly to the Russian people by saying: “If you’re able to listen – you, the Russian people, are not our enemy.”

White House officials attempted to argue that US President Donald Trump meant that Putin was the focus of the speech. “cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbours or the region”.

“He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change,”One official stated that the comments in question were not scripted, despite reports from the USA.

Interviewed on Sunday, Mr Zahawi stated that it is. “for the Russian people to decide how they are governed”They were however suggested. “would certainly do well”It is important to have someone who “is democratic and understands their wishes”.

“I think that’s up to the Russian people,” he told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

“The Russian people, I think, are pretty fed up with what is happening in Ukraine, this 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.”

However, he refused to criticize Mr Biden. This was unlike Tobias Ellwood who is the Conservative MP and chairs the Commons Defence Committee. Ellwood stated that Mr Putin will be there. “spin this, dig in and fight harder”.

When asked if Mr Biden had made a mistake in calling, Mr Zahawi responded: “No, what I’m saying to you is the White House has been very clear on this, the president gave a very powerful speech on this and I think both the United States and the United Kingdom agree that it’s up to the Russian people to decide who should be governing them.”