Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that he and US President Joe Biden are expected to hold live talks online in the coming days after Biden said he believes the Russian leader is a killer and diplomatic ties have failed. sank to a new post-Cold War low.
Putin, speaking on television, quoted a Russian children’s playground song in scathing response to Biden’s accusation by saying that “whoever said it, did it.”
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In an ABC News interview on Wednesday that prompted Russia to recall its ambassador to Washington for consultations, Biden said “yes” when asked if he thought Putin was a killer.
Biden was quick to extend a nuclear weapons pact with Russia after taking office. But her administration has said it will take a tougher line with Moscow than Washington did during former US President Donald Trump’s tenure, and only engage when there is a tangible benefit. for the United States.
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Putin said he last spoke to Biden by phone at the President’s request and now offers to have another conversation Friday or Monday via video link and live broadcast.
“I want to offer President Biden that we continue our discussion, but on condition that we do so live, online, without any delay,” said Putin, when asked in a television interview about Biden’s comments. The two leaders last spoke by phone on January 26, days after Biden took office.
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White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday that Biden had no regrets about calling Putin a killer and dismissed a question about Putin’s demand for an immediate public appeal.
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“I would say the president has already had a conversation with President Putin, even though there are more world leaders he has yet to engage with,” Psaki said. “The president will of course be in Georgia tomorrow and quite busy.”
Putin said he was ready to discuss Russia’s relations with the United States and other issues such as regional conflicts “tomorrow or, say, Monday”, adding that he would spend a weekend in a remote region. from Russia.
In his comments on ABC, Biden also described Putin as having no soul and said he would pay the price for Russia’s alleged meddling in the November 2020 US presidential election, which the Kremlin denies.
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Russia is preparing to be hit with a new round of US sanctions in the coming days over allegations of US election interference and hacking.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday that Washington was monitoring efforts to complete Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline and assessing information on entities that appear to be involved.
In a highly unusual move after Biden’s interview, Moscow recalled its ambassador to the United States for consultations.
Suggesting that Biden was hypocritical in his remarks, Putin said every state faces “bloody events” and added that Biden was accusing the Russian leader of something he himself was guilty of.
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“I remember when I was growing up, when we would argue in the yard, we would say: whoever said it, did it. And that’s no coincidence, not just a kid’s saying or joke. The psychological significance here runs very deep, ”Putin said.
“We always see our own traits in other people and think they look like who we really are. And as a result, we evaluate (a person’s) activities and give evaluations, ”he said.
Putin then spoke about the history of the United States, speaking about what he called the Native American genocide, black slavery and mistreatment, and the United States dropping atomic bombs on Japan at the end of World War II.
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“They think we are like them, but we are different, we have a different genetic and cultural-moral code,” Putin said.
“We will work with them in the areas that interest us on terms that we consider advantageous for us. They will have to face this despite all their attempts to prevent us from developing, regardless of the sanctions and insults.