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NATO Summit: US President Joe Biden falters, calls Zelensky 'Vladimir' at NATO summit

Pankaj Prasad
Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelensky
Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelensky

Joe Biden mistakenly referred to his Ukrainian counterpart Zelensky as Vladimir during NATO summit.

US President Joe Biden mistakenly referred to his Ukrainian counterpart Zelensky as "Vladimir" during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit. "Vladimir and I...I shouldn't be getting so close," Joe Biden said during a press conference in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. He then corrected himself before continuing, "Mr. Zelensky and I."

Piers Morgan, while posting the video on Twitter, pointed out Joe Biden's mistake. Several people responded to Morgan's post. One Twitter user called it "absolutely unbelievable", while another replied, "This old man needs to rest now." Some also noted the similarity between Volodymyr and Vladimir and expressed sympathy for Biden, saying it was a minor mistake. A user commented, "Same name, different spellings. To pay attention."

Actually, the full name of the President of Ukraine is Volodymyr Zelensky and the name of the President of Russia is Vladimir Putin. There is a slight disparity in the initials of the two, but the President of Ukraine is mostly addressed by the name of Zelensky.

Biden has made such mistake earlier also

During the summit, Biden met Turkish President Erdogan before the bilateral meeting and congratulated him on Sweden's deal with NATO, while France and Britain announced increased support for Ukraine's military. Please inform that Biden has made this type of mistake earlier also during his presidential tenure. Earlier, he mistakenly called Ukrainians Iranians. He also asked whether the lawmaker who has died was present during the White House conference when the moment he mispronounced NATO was widely shared on social media.

At the conference, Biden also targeted his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, calling him a "coward", while pledging full support for Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky even without NATO membership. Biden said, it did not happen spontaneously. It is not inevitable. He added, when Putin and his lust for land and power waged a brutal war on Ukraine, he was betting that NATO would break up... He thought our unity would fall apart at the first test. He believed that democratic leaders would be weak. But he thought wrong.