Russia wants an apology from the United States after President Joe Biden said he thought Vladimir Putin was a murderer and could retaliate against Washington unless it gets one, a senior Russian lawmaker said in Thursday.
In an interview with ABC News broadcast the other day, Biden said “I do” when asked if he believed the Russian president was a murderer.
He also described Putin as soulless, and promised he would pay a price for Russia’s alleged interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, something the Kremlin has denied.
In an unusual move following Biden’s interview, Russia said on Wednesday that it was reminding its ambassador to the United States for urgent consultations on the future of U.S.-Russia relations.
Konstantin Kosachyov, deputy chairman of the upper house of parliament, said Biden’s comments were unacceptable, inevitably ignited, and put an end to any hope in Moscow of changing U.S. policy on under a new US administration.
He said Moscow’s recollection of its ambassador was the reasonable step to take.
“I suspect it wouldn’t be too late if no explanation or apology was followed from the American side,” Kosachyov said in a Facebook post.
“This kind of analysis is not allowed from the mouth of a statesman of such rank. This kind of statement is not acceptable under any circumstances,” he added, calling it a moment of water in relations. of US-Russia.
The Kremlin has not yet responded publicly to Biden’s comments, but is likely to do so later on Thursday.
Artur Chilingarov, a pro-Kremlin lawmaker in the lower house of parliament, called for a “tough reaction” from Moscow to comments made on Russia’s Ekho Moskvy radio station.
Russia’s relationship with the West, which has been embarrassed by the collapse of the Cold War since 2014, has come under new pressure with Russia’s imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny whose freedom the West has demanded.
Russia has been ignored as an unacceptable interference in domestic affairs.
The United States has said it is preparing new sanctions against Russia over an alleged hacking and alleged election interference.
Biden told ABC “You’ll see for a moment” when asked what consequences Russia will face for its alleged behavior.
(Reporting by Tom Balmforth and Anton Kolodyazhnyy; editing by Andrew Osborn)
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