Vladmir Putin has wished Joe Biden “good health” as Kremlin officials lashed out at the “insane and hysterical” US president and promised retaliation if he did not apologize for describing his Russian counterpart as a “murderer.”
Putin said that Biden’s remarks reflected America’s past and current troubles.
Moscow had called its ambassador in Washington on Wednesday after Biden agreed during a television interview that Putin had orchestrated assassinations. In the same interview, Biden said his Russian counterpart would soon “pay a price” for alleged election meddling.
The dispute comes after Washington imposed sanctions for the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and declassified an intelligence report that claimed Putin led the interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, leading to cross-country relations. new lows.
“These are very bad statements by the president of the United States,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday. “He clearly does not want to improve ties and we will have to start from that understanding.”
Speaking to Russian television, Putin said: “I remember in my childhood, when we argued in the courtyard, we used to say: it takes one to know one. And that is not a coincidence, it is not just a saying or a childish joke.
“We always see our own traits in other people and think that they are who we really are. And as a result we evaluate [a person’s] activities and give evaluations.
“As the [Biden] he said, we know each other personally. What would you answer? I would say: I wish you health. I wish you health. I say it without any irony or joke. “
Konstantin Kosachev, deputy speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament, said Moscow would probably take further action “if the US side does not offer an explanation or apology.”
Kosachev said Biden’s comments “were not acceptable under any circumstances” and sent any hope for an improvement in relations under the new administration “down the drain.”
Andrei Turchak, a senior politician from the ruling United Russia party, said that Biden’s interview was “a triumph of American political madness and the madness of its leader in old age.”
Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the Russian parliament, said that the “hysterical” American leader had “insulted the citizens of our country.”
Putin last year praised Biden as an “experienced” politician and said he would be willing to work with any US administration to improve ties between Moscow and Washington.
But in Biden’s first call with Putin, he noted that he would take a significantly tougher public line on Moscow than the Trump administration, pressuring the Russian leader on the Navalny manhunt and cyberattacks against US government agencies.
Biden has previously said that he does not believe Putin has a soul, an assessment he repeated in Wednesday’s interview.
However, he insisted that there are areas in which the countries have a “mutual interest in working together,” even when both sides blamed the other for the deterioration of ties.
As Moscow reminded its ambassador for the talks, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova admitted that relations “are in a difficult state, which Washington has led to a dead end in recent years.” Meanwhile, Jen Psaki of the White House said “the Russians will be held accountable for the actions they have taken.”
Since Obama’s attempt to “reestablish” relations, Cold War enemies have clashed over Russian piracy, election interference, Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, and support for the Assad regime in the Syrian civil war. .
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