US President Joe Biden said, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, that Russian President Vladimir Putin will face the consequences of directing efforts to influence the US presidential election in favor of Donald Trump, and that this will be achieved soon.
The American president’s statements come after the release of an American intelligence report accusing Russia of trying to broadcast “misleading or baseless allegations” during the propaganda campaign. For the 2020 US electionsAgainst the then candidate, Joe Biden, via allies of former President Donald Trump and his administration.
Meanwhile, the Russian Embassy in Washington accused the United States of seeking to tarnish the image of Russia and hold others responsible for its internal problems.
Biden: Putin “will pay the price”
Biden said in An interview broadcast by ABC News TV, Wednesday “will pay the price.” In response to a question about the consequences 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, and said, “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 American President was asked whether he considered the Russian President a “murderer”, Biden agreed to the accusation leveled by a journalist. ABC News Channel For 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
While US intelligence officials said, Tuesday, that the Russian government tried to broadcast “misleading or baseless 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 Washington’s accusations
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.”
It also added, “the conclusions of the report that concluded that Russia exercises influence in America, 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.