Russian President Vladimir Putin said there was “no hostility” between him and President Biden at their summit on Wednesday morning, and revealed that the two sides had reached an agreement to fire the ambassadors to their posts. .
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov was recalled from Washington, DC about three months ago after Biden described Putin as a killer. U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan left Moscow about two months ago after Russia suggested he return to Washington for consultations. The two countries are now seeking to ease tensions as they move forward.
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“I think there was no hostility. Quite the contrary, ”Putin said of his meeting with Biden. The Russian leader admitted that the two men did not share their positions on many issues, but said he believed that “these two sides have shown a willingness to understand each other.”
Putin said the talks were “constructive” and said Russia and the United States had agreed to conduct negotiations regarding cybersecurity. At the same time, he denied that Russia was responsible for the cyberattacks, instead claiming that most of the world’s cyberattacks were carried out from the United States.
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“Where is Russia on this list? ” He asked. “Russia is not on the list. “
Putin praised Biden’s character, but also admitted that he had not invited the president to Moscow – nor that Biden had invited him to the White House.
“President Biden did not invite me as a guest. I didn’t invite him either. I think for visits like this, for meetings like this, you have to have the right conditions. You have to be ready, ”Putin said.
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“But if you ask me if you ask me what kind of partner, what kind of conversation partner is Biden, I would say he is very constructive,” continued the Russian president, calling Biden “very balanced” and “very experimented. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.