The American President, Joe Biden, accused his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to be a “assassin” and assured that “he will pay the price” of having allegedly interfered in the presidential elections held in November 2020 in the country.
In an interview with the television network ABC, the president warned of a possible “response” by his Administration. “You will pay a price,” Biden said.
His words come after the publication of an Intelligence report that indicates that both Russia like Iran, Cuba and Venezuela tried to influence the American electoral process. In the case of Moscow, the authorities would have tried to “undermine” the credibility of the system in favor of Donald Trump and denigrated Biden himself.
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The authors of the report assure, however, that no foreign country managed to manipulate the result of the 2020 elections, despite attempts to infiltrate the networks of the candidates.
Biden also said the two “had a long conversation” in January. “I know him relatively well. The conversation started with something like: I know you and you know me. If we can prove that this happened, get ready,” he said, without offering further details.
When asked by a journalist if Putin is a “murderer”, Biden agreed: “yes, I think so”. The statement marked a stark contrast to his predecessor, Donald Trump’s adamant refusal to say anything negative about the Russian president. However, the Democrat maintained that it is possible that both “can play along” to work on areas of “mutual interest”, such as the renewal of the START nuclear agreements.
His words come after the publication of an intelligence report indicating that both Russia and Iran, Cuba and Venezuela tried to influence the US electoral process. In the case of Moscow, the authorities would have tried to “undermine” the credibility of the system in favor of Donald Trump by denigrating Biden himself.
Russia reacted furiously to Biden’s comments. “Biden has insulted the citizens of our country with his statement,” House Speaker Viacheslav Volodin wrote on his Telegram channel, adding that the attacks on Putin are ” attacks on our country.
The Kremlin denied the alleged interference in the elections
In addition, the Kremlin described unfounded accusations by US intelligence agencies about Russian interference in the 2020 presidential election.
“Russia did not interfere in any way in the elections mentioned in that report,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said in an appearance before the press, the Russian news portal Sputnik reported.
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“In this sense, the aforementioned report is incorrect and unfounded at all,” he stressed, insisting that Moscow was not linked to any campaign against Joe Biden or Donald Trump.
Peskov regretted that such materials of dubious quality are used as a pretext to impose new sanctions on his country. “This policy damages Russian-American ties, which are already in poor condition,” he pointed out, and analyzed that “this line does not favor efforts or the manifestation of political will to normalize relations.”
Relations between Russia and the United States are constantly punctuated by crises, from Ukraine to Syria, through accusations of electoral interference, espionage or cyber attacks.