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Putin offers direct talks with Biden, says no need for insults

Putin offers direct talks with Biden, says no need for insults”

Asked in an ABC News interview on Wednesday whether he considers Putin a killer, the U.S. president replied: "I do".

Biden had been commenting on an American intelligence report that suggested Putin had authorized an interference campaign during last November's USA presidential election.

"We always see in another person our own qualities and think that he is the same as us", Putin said in televised remarks.

He added that Russian Federation would still cooperate with the United States where it answers Moscow's interests.

In an interview with ABC that aired Wednesday, Biden said Putin "will pay a price" for his efforts to undermine the 2020 U.S. election following a landmark American intelligence assessment that found the Russian government meddled in the 2020 election with the aim of "denigrating" Biden's candidacy.

Throughout the 2020 election, candidate Joseph Biden was frequently critical of then-President Donald Trump's perceived closeness to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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Konstantin Kosachev, a deputy speaker of the Russian parliament's upper house, said Biden's "boorish statement" marks a watershed.

"I remember in my childhood, when we argued in the courtyard with each other we used to say: it takes one to know one". But other actions taken by Russian Federation in the wake of Biden's interview indicate that might become hard. And that's not a coincidence, not just a children's saying or joke. "The psychological meaning here is very deep", Putin said.

He also pointed out that people usually project onto others what they think about themselves. "As for the statement by my American counterpart, we really are, as he said, personally acquainted".

On Friday, the Kremlin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Putin's offer of talks remained open and that Putin could do any time that was convenient for Biden, though the offer would not stay on the table indefinitely. On Thursday, the Kremlin said it is clear that Joe Biden has no interest in improving the strained relationship between the two countries.

While announcing the decision to recall the Russian ambassador in Washington, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blamed the U.S. for bringing bilateral ties to a "dead end", adding that "we are interested in preventing their irreversible degradation, if the Americans are aware of the associated risks".



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