Russian President Vladimir Putin said, Thursday, March 18, 2021, that the United States will have to take Russia’s account into account, while the Kremlin described US President Joe Biden’s recent statements against Putin as “very bad” and “unprecedented.” A Russian lawmaker demanded an apology from Washington.
In a press interview, Thursday, commenting on Biden’s recent statements in which he threatened Russia with sanctions, and in which he considered the Russian president a “murderer,” Putin said: “The American administration wants relations with Russia, only on Washington’s terms, while Russia will work only in the manner that Benefit her. “
The Russian president said, “The United States thinks we are like it, but we have a different genetic code.”
And Putin continued in his comment: “Regarding the statements of my American colleague, what should I respond to? I will tell him: Be well! I wish him health.” He also said later: “People tend to see others as they see themselves,” in response to his description as “” the killer”.
For its part, the Kremlin announced earlier today that Moscow will deal with Washington on the basis of the fact that US President Joe Biden does not want to improve relations, describing recent statements about President Vladimir Putin as “very bad” and “unprecedented.”
Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that the US president has shown that he certainly does not plan to improve relations with Russia, stressing that Moscow will proceed from this future when dealing with the United States.
Peskov explained that the Russian ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, was summoned to consult and review relations with the United States.
For his part, a prominent deputy in the Russian Parliament said today that Moscow wants an apology from the United States after his recent statements against Putin.
Konstantin Kosacheov, Vice Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Russian Parliament, said that Biden’s statements are unacceptable and will inevitably further deteriorate relations and eliminate any hope in Moscow about a change of US policy under the leadership of the new administration.
Today’s Russian statements came as a comment on what the US President said to the American channel, ABC, yesterday, Wednesday, that the Russian leadership should “pay the price” for the alleged interference in the American elections. Biden also answered, “Yes,” to the journalist’s question. As to whether he thinks Putin is a “killer”.
The US President’s strong statements came after the release of a US intelligence report accusing Russia of trying to spread “misleading or baseless allegations” during the US election campaign in 2020 against the then candidate, Joe Biden, through allies of former President Donald Trump and his administration.
“He will pay the price,” Biden said in an interview broadcast on ABC News. In response to a question about the consequences that he intended, Biden said: “You will soon see.”
Biden also added that he had warned Putin of a possible response during a call in late January, saying, “He will pay the price.” “We spoke for a long time, and the conversation started, and I said, ‘I know you and you know me. If this proves to happen, be prepared.'”
When the US president was asked whether he considered the Russian president a “murderer”, Biden agreed to the accusation that the ABC News journalist made of Putin.
However, he said that it is possible “to walk and chew gum at the same time in places where it is in our common interest to work together.” He recalled his decision to extend an arms agreement with Russia in January.
An intelligence report “exposes” Moscow’s involvement
As he said CIA officialsTuesday, that the Russian government tried to broadcast “misleading or unfounded allegations” during the US election campaign in 2020 against then-candidate Joe Biden, through allies of former President Donald Trump and his administration.
This assessment came within a 15-page report on election interference, published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. It highlights allegations that Trump’s allies were working for Moscow by amplifying allegations against Biden from Ukrainian figures linked to Russia in the run-up to the November 3 election. Biden defeated Trump and took office on January 20, 2021.
US intelligence agencies have identified other attempts to influence voters, including a “multi-sided covert influence campaign” from Iran, aimed at undermining support for Trump. The report also refuted the counter-narrative that Trump’s allies had argued that China was interfering on Biden’s behalf, and concluded that Beijing “made no efforts to interfere.”
Russia denies this
For its part, Russia said, on Wednesday, that there is no basis for accusations contained in a US intelligence report, that Russian President Vladimir Putin likely issued directives to intervene in the 2020 US presidential elections in favor of former President Donald Trump.
The Russian embassy in the United States said in a statement on Facebook: “The document prepared by the CIA is another group of unfounded accusations against our country of interfering in the internal American political processes.”
She also added: “The conclusions of the report that concluded that Russia exercises influence in America are conclusions that can only be confirmed by the confidence of the intelligence services that they are correct. It did not include specific facts or evidence confirming such allegations.”
Washington is expected to impose new sanctions on Moscow soon, perhaps next week, due to these allegations, three sources said on Tuesday, on condition of anonymity.
While the United States imposed sanctions on four senior Russian officials this month, due to Moscow’s treatment of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, in a move Russia considered an unacceptable interference in its internal affairs.