‘It reflects US’ own past, current problems’: Putin reacts to Biden’s ‘killer’ remark


Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned Thursday that U.S. President Joe Biden’s remarks about him mirror U.S. own previous and current issues.

Biden was requested in an interview whether or not he thought Russian President Vladimir Putin is a killer and mentioned “I do.” Russia on Wednesday introduced it’s recalling its ambassador in Washington for consultations.

Asked about Biden’s remarks throughout a video name with residents of Crimea marking the anniversary of its 2014 annexation from Ukraine, Putin charged that they mirror the United States’ own troubled previous.

He added that Russia would nonetheless cooperate with the United States the place it solutions Moscow’s pursuits.

The Russian chief pointed at America’s previous historical past of slaughtering Native Americans and slavery, arguing that the painful legacy has weighed on the United States.

“Otherwise where would the Black Lives Matter movement come from,” he mentioned.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov deplored what he referred to as “very bad remarks by the U.S. president” that made it clear that “he doesn’t want to normalize relations.”

“We will proceed accordingly,” Peskov mentioned in a convention name with reporters, noting that “there was nothing like that in history.” He wouldn’t reply if Russia may go so far as to rupture diplomatic ties with the United States.

Konstantin Kosachev, a deputy speaker of the Russian parliament’s higher home, mentioned Biden’s “boorish statement” marks a watershed.

“Such assessments are inadmissible for a statesman of his rank,” Kosachev mentioned. “Such statements are unacceptable under any circumstances. They inevitably lead to a sharp exacerbation of our bilateral ties.”

Kosachev warned that Russia’s response wouldn’t be restricted to recalling the Russian ambassador “if the American side fails to offer explanation and excuse.” He wouldn’t elaborate on what different motion the Kremlin could take.

While asserting the choice to recall the Russian ambassador in Washington, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blamed the U.S. for bringing bilateral ties to a “dead end,” including that “we are interested in preventing their irreversible degradation, if the Americans are aware of the associated risks.”

Commenting on the Russian transfer Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki emphasised that “we will be direct, we will speak out on areas where we have concerns, and it will certainly be, as the president said last night – certainly, the Russians will be held accountable for the actions that they have taken.”

The change of powerful statements comes on the heels of a declassified report from the U.S. nationwide intelligence director’s workplace that finds President Vladimir Putin licensed affect operations to assist Donald Trump in final November’s presidential election.

“(Putin) will pay a price,” Biden mentioned within the interview, requested concerning the declassified report.

Russia’s relations with the United States and the European Union have already got plunged to post-Cold War lows after Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, election meddling, hacking assaults and, most lately, the jailing of Russia’s opposition chief Alexei Navalny that adopted his poisoning he blamed on the Kremlin. The Russian authorities rejected the accusations.


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