This combination of images, taken on March 17, 2021, shows US President Joe Biden (L) and the Russian during a remark on the implementation of the American rescue plan on March 15, 2021 in the state dining room of the White House in Washington, DC President Vladimir Putin during his working visit to Ivanovo, a city about 300 km outside Moscow, on March 6, 2020.
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President Joe Biden believes that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is a soulless murderer – and vowed that Putin will soon “pay a price” if he interferes in the 2020 US election and tries to reduce the re-election of then-President Donald Trump to increase.
Biden said he warned Putin on his first phone call to the Russian president after taking office last month that he would reciprocate if this interference was confirmed.
“The conversation started,” I said, I know you and you know me. If I find this out, be prepared, “Biden told ABC News in an interview that aired on Good Morning America on Wednesday.
The interview was conducted on Tuesday, the day the U.S. National Intelligence Council released a report that concluded that Putin was using intelligence agencies to promote misinformation about Biden during the 2020 election cycle through U.S. media and people nearby authorized by Trump.
“He will pay a price,” Biden said of Putin.
When asked about the price, Biden replied, “Well, you’ll see it shortly.”
The Biden government earlier this month imposed a series of sanctions on senior Russian officials, including Putin’s deputy chiefs of staff, for the poisoning and subsequent detention of Alexey Navalny, a leader of the opposition to Putin.
Although Navalny survived his poisoning, a number of Putin critics were killed or died suspiciously.
When asked if Biden thought Putin was a murderer, the president replied, “I do.”
Biden also confirmed previous reports that he personally told Putin as US Vice President in 2011 that Putin has no “soul”.
“I wasn’t a wise guy, I was alone with him in his office,” said Biden. “That’s how it came about. It was when President [George W.] Bush said I looked in his eyes and saw his soul. “
“I said I looked in your eyes and I don’t think you have a soul. And he looked back and said, ‘We get along,'” Biden recalled.
Biden’s strong words about his Russian counterpart stand in sharp contrast to Trump, who for years refused to criticize Putin for meddling in the 2016 election, or even admit that it did so, repeated research has shown.
When Fox News presenter Bill O’Reilly called Putin a “killer” in 2017, Trump suggested that US behavior was as bad as that of the Russian President.
“There are a lot of murderers, we have a lot of murderers,” said Trump.
“You think our country is so innocent?” Trump asked O’Reilly.