In Russia, the state media and the political elite are in shock. The reason is the interview as an American TV station ABC News Was with US President Joe Biden.
There, the US president was asked if he thought Putin was a killer.
Biden responded with a pledge.
Today, the answer came from President Putin. He uses a word often known from the kindergartens of Russia. Translated directly, it means “the one who gives a nickname to someone”.
– As you know others, this is probably the closest Norwegian translation of what the Russian President said on television.
According to the Russian newspaper R.P.K., The President came up with the statement with all seriousness “without contradiction and humor”.
But at the same time, Putin wanted Biden to be in good health. He added that Russia wants to cooperate with the United States in areas that benefit the Russians.
A spokesman for the Russian president was sharper than his boss in his statement on the matter.
– This is the worst statement of the President of the United States. Dmitry Peskov said that he clearly did not want to improve relations with our country.
A report from the Russian embassy in Washington, D.C., said relations between Russia and the United States were now in crisis and threatened collapse.
Allegations of election interference
A few days ago, US officials released a new intelligence report on election interference.
It is alleged that President Putin went ahead with a Russian move to damage Biden’s candidacy in the presidential election. The goal should have been to get Donald Trump re-elected.
But the report also says that Russian hackers did not try to hack into the computers used in the election. Americans say they did so in previous elections.
The question arose as to whether Biden believed Putin was a murderer when the intelligence report was cited in an ABC News interview.
The reason for the question is that the Russian authorities are using very harsh methods against the opposition in the circle around the politician Alexei Navalny.