Mar 17, 2022 - World

Blinken says he "personally" agrees with Biden that Putin is a war criminal

Antony Blinken

Antony Blinken. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a press briefing Thursday that he agrees with President Biden's assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a war criminal and that Russia's targeting of civilians constitutes a war crime.

Driving the news: Blinken's comments come a day after Biden went on the record for the first time to explicitly call Putin a war criminal.

  • The Kremlin denounced Biden's comments as "unacceptable" and "unforgivable" rhetoric, according to Russian state media.

What they're saying: "Personally, I agree," Blinken said, referring to Biden's remarks.

  • "Intentionally targeting civilians is a war crime. After all the destruction of the past three weeks, I find it difficult to conclude that the Russians are doing otherwise," he added.
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