Sergei Markov, a former adviser to Vladimir Putin, has claimed that Joe Biden started the war in Ukraine because of his hatred of the Russian president.
Markov said it was “personal” for Biden.
The former Kremlin adviser shared his theory on the YouTube show Ostorozhno Sobchak (Beware Sobchak) hosted by journalist Ksenia Sobchak.
Ukrainian internal affairs adviser Anton Gerashchenko shared a clip of the comments on Twitter, writing that it was “Russian propaganda”.
A Russian campaigner says the war in Ukraine is Joe Biden’s fault — because, according to the campaigner, Biden hates him for not following Putin’s advice in 2010.
Geopolitics, Russia’s campaign style.
And nothing is their fault. pic.twitter.com/rYg2ZUsPy4
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) February 24, 2023
In the clip, Markov says “the war must stop immediately” and that “Joe Biden is the real guilty party in starting this war.”
“This is a personal war with Joe Biden, who hates Putin,” Markov said, explaining that Biden was mad because when he went to Russia in 2010, “Vladimir Vladimirovich, we advise you not to run in the election.”
Putin didn’t take Biden’s advice and ran anyway.
During a surprise visit to Ukraine on Monday, Biden announced an additional $500 million in military aid to Ukraine.
“Altogether, we have committed about 700 tanks and thousands of armored vehicles. 1,000 artillery systems, 2 million rounds of artillery ammunition, more than 50 advanced launch rocket systems, anti-ship and air defense systems, all to protect Ukraine,” Biden said. “And that’s not counting the other half a billion dollars that we’re announcing with you today and tomorrow that’s coming your way.”
Congress has appropriated more than $112 billion in military and economic funding for Ukraine in the year since the conflict began.