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White House says it does not advocate regime change in Russia

A view shows a destroyed school building in Zhytomyr
A Ukrainian service member walks by near a school building that was destroyed by shelling in Zhytomyr, Ukraine, March 4, 2022 as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues. REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi

March 4, 2022

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is not advocating regime change in Russia, President Joe Biden’s spokesman said on Friday after a US senator pleaded with the Russians to assassinate President Vladimir Putin.

“We are not advocating the assassination of a foreign country’s leader or regime change. That is not United States policy,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, urged someone in Russia to “take that guy down,” citing Putin.

(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Jeff Mason; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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