President Joe Biden mentioned he agrees with the evaluation that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is a “assassin.”
In an interview with ABC Information broadcast on Wednesday, Biden mentioned Putin would “pay a value” for making an attempt to undermine his candidacy within the 2020 US elections, as alleged in a brand new US intelligence report.
When requested if he thought Putin, who’s accused of being ruthless to his opponents, is “a assassin,” Biden mentioned, “I do.”
The assertion marked a stark distinction to predecessor Donald Trump’s agency refusal to say something unfavourable in regards to the Russian president.
Biden mentioned he had spoken to Putin in January after taking workplace.
“We had a protracted discuss, him and I, I do know him comparatively effectively,” Biden mentioned.
“The dialog began, I mentioned, ‘I do know you and you realize me. If I set up that this occurred, then prepare,” Biden mentioned.
He didn’t specify whether or not he was referring to Russia’s interference within the US elections or different conduct the US objects to, such because the poisoning and imprisonment of Russian opposition determine Alexei Navalny.
Russia reacted furiously to Biden’s feedback about Putin as a assassin.
“Biden insulted the residents of our nation together with his assertion,” wrote the speaker of the decrease home of parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin, on his Telegram channel, including that the assaults on Putin are “assaults on our nation.”
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