Putin points finger at US after Biden's 'killer' remark

Putin points finger at US after Bidens killer remark

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that U.S. President Joe Biden's remarks about him reflect U.S. own past and current problems.

Biden was asked in an interview whether he thought Russian President Vladimir Putin is a killer and said I do. Russia on Wednesday announced it's recalling its ambassador in Washington for consultations.

Asked about Biden's remarks during a video call with residents of Crimea marking the anniversary of its 2014 annexation from Ukraine, Putin charged that they reflect the United States' own troubled past. The Russian leader pointed at America's past history of slaughtering Native Americans and slavery, arguing that the painful legacy has weighed on the United States.

Otherwise where would the Black Lives Matter movement come from, he said.

He added that Russia would still cooperate with the United States where it answers Moscow's interests. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov deplored what he called very bad remarks by the U.S. president that made it clear that he doesn't want to normalize relations.

We will proceed accordingly, Peskov said in a conference call with reporters, noting that "there was nothing like that in history. He wouldn't answer if Russia could go as far as to rupture diplomatic ties with the United States.

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

Such assessments are inadmissible for a statesman of his rank, Kosachev said. Such statements are unacceptable under any circumstances. They inevitably lead to a sharp exacerbation of our bilateral ties.

Kosachev warned that Russia's response wouldn't be limited to recalling the Russian ambassador if the American side fails to offer explanation and excuse. He wouldn't elaborate on what other action the Kremlin may take.

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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