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Kamis, 18 Maret 2021

Vladimir Putin says Joe Biden's killer remarks reflect problems in the US - ABC News

Russian President Vladimir Putin says remarks made about him by US President Joe Biden reflect the past and current problems of the United States.

Mr Putin's comments come a day after his US counterpart said he believed the Russian leader was a killer.

In an interview, Mr Biden was asked if he believed Mr Putin was a killer, to which he replied "I do".

During a video call with residents from Crimea — marking the anniversary of its 2014 annexation from Ukraine — Mr Putin said the claims made reflect the problems in the United States.

The Russian leader pointed to the United States' history of killing Native Americans and slavery, arguing that the painful legacy has weighed on the US.

"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.

Russia also recalled its ambassador from Washington DC.

An old man in a suit wears a face mask as he looks off camera.
US President Joe Biden says he believe Russian President Vladimir Putin is a killer.(

AP: Patrick Semansky

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

"Such assessments are inadmissible for a statesman of his rank," Mr Kosachev said.

"They inevitably lead to a sharp exacerbation of our bilateral ties."

He warned Russia's response would not be limited to recalling the Russian ambassador "if the American side fails to offer explanation and excuse".

Commenting on the Russian move Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US would be "direct" on these issues.

"We will speak out on areas where we have concerns, and it will certainly be, as the president said last night - certainly, the Russians will be held accountable for the actions that they have taken," she said.

The exchange of tough statements comes on the heels of a declassified report from the US national intelligence director's office that finds President Vladimir Putin authorised influence operations to help Donald Trump in last November's presidential election.

"(Putin) will pay a price," Mr Biden said when asked about the declassified report.

AP

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