Posted on Mar 18, 2021
Russia has demanded an apology from the United States after President Joe Biden said he thought Vladimir Putin was a killer, and has threatened unspecified retaliation against Washington if it fails to get one, Konstantin Kosachyov, deputy chairman of parliament’s upper house said on Thursday.
In an ABC News interview broadcast a day earlier, Biden said “I do” when asked if he believed the Russian president was a killer.
He also described Putin as having no soul, and promised he would pay a price for alleged Russian meddling in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, something the Kremlin denies.
In response, Russia on Wednesday said it was recalling its ambassador to the United States for urgent consultations over the future of US-Russia ties.
Kosachyov said Biden’s comments were unacceptable, would inevitably inflame already bad ties, and ended any hope in Moscow of a change of US policy under a new administration.
He said Moscow’s recall of its ambassador was the only reasonable step to take in the circumstances.
“I suspect it will not be the last one if no explanation or apology follows from the American side,” Kosachyov said in a Facebook post.
“This kind of assessment is not allowed from the mouth of a statesman of such a rank. This kind of statement is not acceptable under any circumstances,” he added, calling it a watershed moment in U.S.-Russia ties.
At the time of writing, the Kremlin has not responded publicly to Biden’s comments.
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