US President Joe Biden said on Thursday that there are some indications that Russian President Vladimir Putin is self-isolating and punishing some of his advisers, but added that the US has “very hard evidence” to say for sure. are not.
When Nation World News’s MJ Lee asked the president how badly the Russian president was being misinformed by his advisers, Biden replied:
“It’s an open question. There’s a lot of speculation, but it seems – I’m not saying that for sure – he appears to be self-isolating and there are some indications that he has fired or placed some of his advisers under house arrest.” Have given. ”
“But I don’t want to put too much stock in it at the moment, because we don’t have that much solid evidence,” he said.
US government officials this week expressed confidence in an intelligence assessment that Putin was being misled by military advisers on the success of the Russian military’s performance during the war, which has been going on for more than a month.
Biden also said he “suspected” that Putin would withdraw all his troops from around the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
Biden said, “So far there is no clear evidence that he is pulling all his forces from Kyiv. There is also evidence that he is increasing his troops in the Donbas region. Your thoughts about Putin Based on that, I’m a little skeptical.”
He continued, “I don’t know the answer, but it appears that he hasn’t drawn everyone in yet – the idea that he is pulling his troops from around Kyiv and moving south, to the point of that. There is no evidence that he did so.” Biden told reporters after remarks on the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Biden, however, said there was evidence Putin was “severing” his army in Ukraine’s Donbass.
What Moscow is saying: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said before Biden spoke on Thursday that Moscow finds it worrying that the US reportedly lacks understanding of Moscow’s decision-making process, Russian state news agency TASS reported.
Peskov said Wednesday that while rejecting US comments that Putin was being misinformed by his advisers, the Kremlin said it regretted that his style of action remained unclear to Washington, and that such “misconceptions” As a result of “reckless decisions have very bad consequences,” Peskov said. , according to TASS.
Nation World News’s Zahra Ullah contributed reporting on this post.