On Thursday, US President Joe Biden said there were indications that Russian President Vladimir Putin was isolating and punishing some of his advisers, but that the United States did not have strong evidence to confirm that.
CNN’s M.J. When Lee asked the president how badly the Russian president was being misled by his advisers, Biden responded:
“This is an open question. There is a lot of speculation, but he seems to be – I’m not sure – he seems to have isolated himself, and there are some indications that he has fired some of his advisers or placed them under house arrest.”
“But at the moment I don’t want to put too much stock into it because we don’t have that hard evidence,” he added.
U.S. government officials have expressed confidence in an intelligence assessment this week, indicating that Putin is being misled by military advisers about the success of the Russian military’s performance during more than a month of war.
Biden also noted that he was “skeptical” that Putin would withdraw all of his troops from the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
“So far there is no clear evidence that he is withdrawing all of his troops from Kiev,” Biden said. “There is also evidence that he is strengthening his forces in the Donbass area. Depending on your view of Putin, I am a little skeptical.”
He added, “I do not know the answer, but so far he does not seem to be pulling at all – he’s pulling his forces out of the vicinity of Kiev and moving south.
However, Biden said there was evidence that Putin had “beefed” his forces in the Donbass region of Ukraine.
What Moscow says: The Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, before Biden’s speech, that Russia was concerned that the United States did not understand Moscow’s decision-making process.
Rejecting comments from the United States on Wednesday that Putin was being misled by his advisers, the Kremlin regretted that its working style was not clear to Washington, and that such a “misunderstanding” would have “very bad consequences for inadvertent decisions”. , According to TASS.
Zahra Ullah of CNN reported this post.