Russia Is Not Happy: Putin Responds to Biden Calling Him a "Killer"

Daniel Fowler
March 19, 2021

In his interview Wednesday night with ABC News, Biden referred to Putin as a "killer".

But speaking during an event marking seven years since Russia's annexation of Crimea, Putin ruled out severing ties with the United States altogether and lobbed a jab at the 78-year-old USA leader.

White House spokesman Jen Psaki was asked by reporters whether the President considers Mr Putin literally or just metaphorically a killer. The two leaders last spoke by telephone on 26 January soon after Mr Biden took office.

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.

In his comments, Mr Biden also described Mr Putin as having no soul and said he would pay a price for alleged Russian meddling in the November 2020 U.S. presidential election, something the Kremlin denies.

Warning of the risks of "an irreversible deterioration in relations" with the new USA administration, the ministry said Russian Federation still hopes to reverse the downward spiral.

US President Biden's comments sparked the biggest crisis between Russian Federation and the United States in years, with Moscow recalling its ambassador for consultations and warning that ties were on the brink of outright "collapse".

Asked what he would tell Biden in response to his remarks, Putin said, "I would tell him: 'Be well.' I wish him health, and I say that without any irony or joking". "The psychological meaning here is very deep", Putin said.

US President Donald Trump, right, meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017.

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Those include reformist politician and Putin's critic Boris Nemtsov in 2015, and the former Russian secret agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, murdered in 2018, as well as the less known case of Denis Voronenkov, killed outside a hotel in Kyiv in 2017, who had fled to Ukraine and was a key witness in a treason case against former President Viktor Yanukovich.

"We always see our own traits in other people and think they are like how we really are. And as a result we assess (a person's) activities and give assessments".

Antonov is leaving Washington for Moscow on Saturday, the Russian embassy said, adding that his trip is "to discuss ways to rectify Russia-U". Although Biden agreed to extend a major arms control deal with Russian Federation, he has been notably cool toward Moscow and highly critical of many of its activities. Peskov said it showed Biden had no interest in improving Washington's strained ties with Moscow.

"These statements from the president of the United States are very bad".

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov deplored what he called "very bad remarks by the USA president" that made it clear that "he doesn't want to normalize relations". "We will now proceed from that".

Asked whether he thinks Putin is a killer, Biden responded, "Yes, I do".

Konstantin Kosachev, deputy chairman of parliament's upper house, said Moscow's recall of its ambassador was the only reasonable step to take in the circumstances.

Kosachev warned that Russia's response wouldn't be limited to recalling the Russian ambassador "if the American side fails to offer explanation and excuse". "S. ties that are in crisis".

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