CITY OF WASHINGTON, D.C. and RUSSIA (March 18, 2021)–The Kremlin has reacted angrily to President Joe Biden’s remarks that Russian leader Vladimir Putin allegedly is “a killer,” calling the comment unprecedented and describing the relationship between the two countries as “very bad.”
Putin wants Biden to debate the matter online in the wake of the remarks. In an interview with ABC that aired Wednesday, the President said Putin “will pay a price” for his efforts to undermine the 2020 U.S. election following the most controversial election in American history. According to the intelligence assessment they found that the Russian government meddled in the 2020 election with the aim of “denigrating” Biden’s candidacy.
Biden response to interviewer George Stephanopoulos when asked if he thought Putin was “a killer,” the President said, “Mhmm. I do.”
Putin’s Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday that “there hasn’t been anything like this in history.”
Peskov further said it was clear that Biden “definitely does not want to improve relations” with Russia and that the relationship between the two countries is “very bad.” When asked how it can affect relations, Peskov said “it is absolutely clear how,” but refused to elaborate.
“These are very bad statements by the President of the United States. He definitely does not want to improve relations with us, and we will continue to proceed from this,” Peskov said.
Putin responded personally Thursday saying, “I would like to offer President Biden [the opportunity] to continue our discussion, but on condition that we’ll do so what is called live, online. Without anything pre-recorded, in an open and direct discussion.”
“It seems to me, it would be interesting both for Russian people and for the US people, as well as for many other countries,” Putin added.
Russia state media TASS reported Putin has invited Biden to hold the discussion on Friday or Monday.
During the White House press briefing today secretary Jen Psaki responded “I’ll have to get back to you if that is something we’re entertaining. I would say that the President already had a conversation already with President Putin, even as there are more world leaders that he has not yet engaged with,” Psaki said during a press briefing. And we engage with Russian leaders, members of the government, at all levels. But I don’t have anything to report to you in terms of a future meeting.”
The Russian leader previously reacted to the comments by wishing Biden “good health” at a news conference. Putin also pulled back its diplomats Wednesday in response to Biden’s “killer” allegations.
“It’s true, we really know each other personally. What would I answer him? I would tell him: be healthy,” Putin said. “I wish him good health. I say this without irony, no jokes. This is first of all.”
“When we evaluate other people, states and nations, we always seem to be looking in the mirror. We always see ourselves. We always pass on to another person what we ourselves are in essence,” Putin added.
“In childhood, when we argued with each other, we said: ‘He who calls names is called that himself.’ This is no coincidence, this is not just a childish joke, it has a very deep psychological meaning.”
Psaki responded “President Biden has known President Putin for a long time, they’ve both been on the global stage for a long time worked through many iterations of a relationship between the United States and Russia. And he believes we can continue to do that.”
When asked if the President’s remarks might further escalate tensions with Moscow, Psaki noted that Amb. John Sullivan “remains in Moscow” and is “engaged.”
“We continue to believe that diplomacy is the first step and should always be the first step, should be our objective, as we pursue all relationships — even with our adversaries,” she said.
Biden also claimed he told Putin in 2011 he didn’t think Putin had a soul. Putin’s response, Biden recalls, was to say, “We understand one another.”
“Look, most important thing dealing with foreign leaders, and I’ve dealt with a lot of them over my career, is just know the other guy,” Biden told ABC.
Biden did not provide details in how the United States would hold Puttin accountable and neither did he provide details to ABC on what “price” Putin will pay. But an announcement of sanctions are eminent.
Putin also pointed out that the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan during World War II, as well as the United State’s history of slavery and slaughtering Native Americans, noting the painful legacies weighing on the US, further providing that a Cold War has started between Putin and Biden.
Putin added “Otherwise, where would the Black Lives Matter movement come from?” Putin further “citing racial injustice and the killing of African Americans.”
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Source: Bee News Daily, and AP News contributed to article.