Russia's relationship with US at its 'lowest point', says Putin ahead of meeting with Biden

Sat 12 Jun 2021 at 13:19 International


NNA - Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the relationship between his country and the US is at its "lowest point" ahead of his meeting with US President Joe Biden.

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Mr Putin said: "We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years."

The two leaders will meet in the Swiss city of Geneva on 16 June.

Mr Putin described former US president Donald Trump as "an extraordinary individual, talented individual, otherwise he would not have become US president".

He added: "He is a colourful individual. You may like him or not. And, but he didn't come from the US establishment, he had not been part of big time politics before, and some like it some don't like it but that is a fact."

Mr Putin described Mr Biden, however, as "radically different from Trump because President Biden is a career man".

"He has spent virtually his entire adulthood in politics."

Mr Putin described Mr Biden, however, as "radically different from Trump because President Biden is a career man".

"He has spent virtually his entire adulthood in politics.

When asked about Mr Biden calling him a killer in an interview in March, Mr Putin said he had heard dozens of similar accusations, adding: "This is not something I worry about in the least."

Mr Biden arrived in the UK late last week and has spent the past few days in Cornwall where he is meeting fellow G7 leaders.

Before the summit, he had said: "We're not seeking conflict with Russia."

"We want a stable and predictable relationship... but I've been clear: The United States will respond in a robust and meaningful way if the Russian government engages in harmful activities."

Mr Putin was asked by NBC about several Russian dissidents who have been killed in suspicious circumstances, including ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko who was poisoned in 2006.

Mr Litvinenko's death is among a number of apparent assassinations that have been blamed on Moscow but Mr Putin dismissed the question as "verbal indigestion", adding that some of those responsible for such deaths are in prison.

Analysis: Wily Putin knows he won't get an easy ride from Biden
By Alistair Bunkall, Sky News correspondent

It is extremely rare for the Russian president to give an interview of this length to an international media outlet - the last one was in 2019 to the Financial Times. --- Sky


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