Putin has reacted laconically on Biden’s rant
Russian president Vladimir Putin has reacted laconically to statements by his American colleague Joe Biden. He confirmed this week that he sees Putin as ” a murderer.”
Putin said on television that the American probably attributes his own qualities to him and wished Biden good health.
Biden’s statements had led to a great deal of commotion in Russia. A Kremlin spokesman said earlier on Thursday that the American is clearly not interested in improving relations with Moscow. The Russian ambassador to the US will return to Moscow on Saturday to discuss the relationship between the countries, which according to the embassy threatens to collapse.
The commotion followed a Biden interview with ABC News, which discussed the tense relationship between Washington and Moscow. The president promised Russia would pay a price for alleged interference in the American elections.
Biden also looked back at a dialogue with Putin, in which he allegedly admitted to the Russian leader that he “seems to have no soul”. “His reaction was: ‘We understand each other’, Biden said. The president was then asked if he sees Putin as a murderer. “Uh huh. I do” ” he responded.
Biden was not the first top American executive to be suspicious of Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for over twenty years. Dick Cheney, vice president under George W. Bush, would have once noted that he always thought” KGB, KGB, KGB ” when seeing the Russian leader, who was once part of that Soviet intelligence service.
The relationship between Russia and the US deteriorated during the presidency of Barack Obama, when Biden was vice president. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wrote in his memoirs that he saw a” stone-cold killer ” when he looked Putin in the eye in 2007. Obama’s successor, Donald Trump, had a much better relationship with his Russian colleague. “I like Putin and he likes me,” Trump said last year.