Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected Joe Biden’s claim that he is a “killer” days before a scheduled meeting with the US president.
In an interview with NBC News, excerpts from which the newspaper published on Friday, reporter Keir Simmons noted that Biden was interviewed earlier this year if he thought Putin was a “killer” and Biden said, “I think so”.
Simmons then asked Putin directly if this was true, to which Putin laughed and said: “During my tenure I got used to attacks from all kinds of angles and all kinds of fields, under all kinds of pretexts and reasons, and different caliber and ferocity, and none of that surprises me.
Simmons took it further, naming political opponents of Putin who were killed, and Putin responded: “Look, you know, I don’t mean to sound rude, but it sounds like kind of indigestion except it’s verbal indigestion. You mentioned many people who actually suffered and perished at different times for different reasons, at the hands of different people.
Over the years, a number of Putin’s critics have been killed or sickened or died in mysterious ways. british intelligence linked Russia to 2018 poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England in a daring attack on foreign soil.
In the interview with NBC, Simmons asked Putin to compare Biden to former President Donald Trump – whom critics accused of being gentle on Russia – and Putin responded by calling Trump “talented” and “talented”. colored individual ”.
Biden is “radically different from Trump,” Putin said, because he is a “career man” who “spent most of his adulthood in politics.
“It is my great hope that yes, there are advantages, disadvantages, but there will be no impulsive movements on the part of the incumbent US president,” Putin said.
Biden and Putin should meet in person at a summit in Geneva on June 16 amid heightened tensions between the two countries.
the The Biden administration sanctioned Russia in response to the Russian government interference in the 2020 US presidential election, as well as its alleged role in the SolarWinds cyberattack, in which hackers accessed data from several US agencies and dozens of private companies. The Biden administration has also criticized Russia for its alleged poisoning of opposition leader Alexeï Navalny, now imprisoned.
Just weeks after taking office earlier this year, Biden said he communicated to the Russian president in an appeal that the The United States would not “return” in the face of aggressive actions by Russia, interfering with our elections, cyber attacks, poisoning citizens.
Trump has often been called out for being too friendly with Putin, even though US intelligence agencies have confirmed this Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in an effort to aid Trump’s victory.
Biden is currently in Britain for a meeting with the Group of Seven leaders, including the allies of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom.
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