Time.news – The American President, Joe Biden, he stated in an interview with ABC that he believed the Russian president to be a “murderer” and assured that the Kremlin leader “will pay a price” for interfering in the 2020 US elections. A few hours later, Moscow reacted by calling the Russian ambassador to Washington Anatoli Antonov “for consultations” on the future of relations with the US ended “in a dead end”, while assuring that he wants to avoid “their irreversible degradation”.
The phrase that infuriated Moscow
It was Biden’s interview with George Stephanopoulos that pushed the tension back to Cold War levels. “You know Vladimir Putin. Do you think he’s a killer?” The anchor asked Biden point blank, alluding to suspicions that the Kremlin chief has commissioned poisonings and eliminations of political rivals, most recently Alexey Navalny. “I think so,” Biden replied without hesitation.
The owner of the White House was also threatening about the “price” that Moscow will have to pay for interfering in the campaign for the US presidential elections: the reference is to the report just released by US intelligence according to which Putin authorized a disinformation campaign to denigrate Biden and aiding his rival Donald Trump by undermining confidence in the electoral process and exacerbating the socio-political divisions of the United States.
The intelligence report
US intelligence on Tuesday released a report according to which Putin authorized operations aimed at denigrating Biden’s candidacy and supporting Donald Trump’s, undermining public confidence in the electoral process and sowing division. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov rejected the accusations, calling them “completely unfounded”.
Despite the belief that Putin is a murderer, the head of the White House – reports Axios, giving an account of the interview – claimed that it is possible to “work together” where there are “common interests”; one example is the extension of the New Start nuclear weapons control agreement.
The wrath of the Duma
The words of the US president are “an attack on the Russians” and a “hysterical reaction due to the impotence” of the United States, the president of the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin wrote on his Telegram channel. “Biden insulted the citizens of our country with his statement. It is hysteria due to impotence”, reads the post. “Putin is our president, the attacks against him are attacks on Russia”.
“Biden undoubtedly calls Putin a killer, because he really is”, commented the Anti-Corruption Fund (Fbk) of the Russian opponent Aleksei Navalny, on Twitter. “It may be difficult for some to accept it, but the president of Russia is a murderer”, continues the post on the Twitter profile of Fbk. “To anyone who doubts this, show our video on how Putin tried to kill Aleksei Navalny“, concludes Fbk which has conducted an investigation that points the finger at the Russian leader as the instigator of the opponent’s poisoning.