Putin's offer of a call with Biden was to save ties

Brenda Watkins
March 19, 2021

Vladimir Putin has responded to strong accusations made against him by U.S. president Joe Biden.

In the first presidential debate last September, Biden denounced the former president as "Putin's puppy".

"When I was a child, when we argued in the courtyard, we said the following: 'If you call someone names, that's really your name, '" Mr. Putin continued.

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The request came after Biden made headlines this week following an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, when the president was asked if he thought Putin was a "killer", to which he answered, "I do".

His remarks came after Biden suggested Putin is a "killer" and said Russian Federation would pay a price amid the latest attempts to revive the Russian Federation hoax. Asked whether he thinks Putin is a killer, Biden responded, "Yes, I do". The two leaders last spoke by telephone on January 26, days after Biden took office. The report echoes claims from four years ago, when intelligence officials gathered that Russian Federation may have also swayed the 2016 election in Donald Trump's favor.

Putin added that he wishes good health.

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Putin's offer remained open on Friday and he is free any time that's convenient for Biden, confirmed his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.

He added that Russian Federation would still cooperate with the United States where it answers Moscow's interests. I say this without irony, no jokes.

Peskov on Thursday said that Putin would receive Antonov "if need be", but declined to say if Moscow was ready to sever diplomatic ties with the United States altogether.

Putin said that when people judge other people, they are projecting their own traits on them. "And as a result we assess (a person's) activities and give assessments".

It would be an "open direct discussion" that would be "interesting" for the people of Russia and the USA, said the Russian president. He also invited the USA president to a live talk on Friday or Monday, but White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said she has nothing to report on a possible conversation between the two leaders and added that Biden was planning to be in Georgia on Friday.

Despite Mr. Biden's long-running criticism of Mr. Putin, some Russian analysts had voiced hope that the Kremlin could forge a productive working relationship with the White House on areas of common interest.

"Since there were others who believed the story and in so doing, took the focus off how the Democrats lost an election to Donald Trump and the Republicans, it remains a convenient distraction for continued failures of either the Democrats or the Republicans to take care of the vast majority of people in the US either through the establishment of a living wage or a national health insurance program and more", she said.

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