Biden doesn’t regret calling Putin a killer says White House
US President Joe Biden does not ‘regret’ calling his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin a “killer”, the White House press secretary Jen Psaki has said.
In the latest diplomatic crisis stoked by Biden since acquiring the presidency, US President said in a televised interview that Putin is a “killer” when questioned about the Russian President’s role in the alleged poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Biden also attacked Putin after a US intelligence report stated that Russian leader ‘authorized’ meddling in 2020 US elections and said he will “pay a price.”
Denouncing the comments made by Biden during the Wednesday interview Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 18 said in televised remarks that it “takes one to know one”.
Responding to Biden, Vladimir Putin said, “We always see in another person our own qualities and think that he is the same as us” before adding that Moscow would never sever ties with Washington but would work with the United States on terms that are “beneficial” to Russia. Putin also said, “I would say to him: I wish you good health.”
While Putin chose a subtle dig at Biden, other senior Russian lawmakers were comparatively more confrontational.
Konstantin Kosachyov, the deputy speaker of Russia’s upper house of the parliament took to Facebook on Thursday and demanded an apology from the US President for his “boorish” allegations.
He wrote on social media, “This kind of statement is not acceptable under any circumstances and inevitably sharpen our bilateral relations… I suspect, not the last unless there is an explanation and apology from the American side.”
Olga Lautman, a Russia and Ukraine researcher who has assisted authors like Craig Unger and Malolm Nance, described Putin’s comments as having “multiple purposes.”
“One is a veiled threat using typical mafia language,” Lautman told Forbes.
“The other is a distraction tactic to have everyone talking about what Putin meant while distracting from the actual panic setting in [at] the Kremlin due to sanctions and any further punishment by the White House.”
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— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 18, 2021