During a fiery 27-minute speech at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, President Biden said that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power,” suggesting that the US had wanted a regime change in Russia. The latest gaffe from the President led many to fear that his comments would be seen as a threat to Russian statehood and further escalate the situation with Ukraine and Russia.

Biden also called Putin “A dictator, bent on rebuilding an empire, will never erase the people’s love for liberty,” and boldly claimed that “Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia, for free people refuse to live in a world of hopelessness and darkness. We will have a different future — a brighter future rooted in democracy and principle, hope and light, of decency and dignity, of freedom and possibilities.”

“For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” he exclaimed. “God bless you all, and may God defend our freedom, and may God protect our troops,” the President said. These comments come after Biden had called Putin a “butcher” during a meeting with refugees who fled Ukraine.

Russia did not take these comments lightly. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated to TASS that “A state leader should control his temper, nonetheless.” Peskov claimed that each time Biden insults Putin, a window of opportunity for improved US-Russia bilateral relations narrowly closes.

He further claimed that Biden was a proponent of the bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999. Peskov found it ironic that Biden was now calling Putin a “butcher,” stating that, “After all, he is the man who once demanded, when speaking on TV in his country, that Yugoslavia be bombed. That’s right, that Yugoslavia be bombed. He demanded to kill people.”