“[Biden] has clearly shown that he does not want to invest in relations with our country. We will act on that, ”said Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.
The tension between the US and Russia has been climbing after the President of the United States, Joe Biden, have described Putin as a “murderer” in an interview with television station ABC News. In response to the statements, the Russian President replied that it takes a murderer to recognize another, also in an interview on a Russian television station, this Thursday. And he promised reprisals if no excuses are made.
Biden’s statement was made when, at one point in the interview, he was asked whether he thought Putin was “a murderer”: “I think so.”
Putin replied that “we see our own characteristics in other people and believe that they are like us – and as a consequence, we evaluate their attitudes”.
“I remember in my childhood, when we argued with each other in the schoolyard, we used to say: if you call someone names, that is actually your name,” said Putin. “When we characterize someone, or even other states, other peoples, it is as if we look in the mirror,” said the Russian head of state.
Putin wished Biden good health, which, he clarified, was said: “without irony”. The Kremlin, explains the New York Times, has made insinuations that the President of the United States may not be in good health.
The interviews followed Washington’s sanctions imposed on Moscow for the poisoning of Vladimir Putin’s opponent, Alexei Navalny, allegedly by Russian secret service agents, and possible Russian interference in the 2020 US elections. The Kremlin denies both charges.
In a report by the American secret services, published on Tuesday, Russia is accused of spreading “misleading and unsubstantiated allegations” about Biden, in an attempt to discredit the then candidate for the White House. Joe Biden said the Russian President “will pay the price” soon for interference in the elections, mediated by Trump’s allies.
Part of the tension caused by Biden’s interview was immediately clear when the Russian government called the United States Ambassador to Moscow, in a rare move, warning of the possibility of “irreversible deterioration of relations” between the two countries, shortly after the President’s statements American.
Several figures in Russian politics responded to Biden’s comments. For United Russia party politician Andrei Turchak, Joe Biden’s interview confirmed the “triumph of US political insanity” and the “dementia caused by age in its leader”. Vyacheslav Volodin, President of the Russian Parliament, considered that the “hysterical” American President “insulted the citizens” of the country.
However, when it comes to the American position, Biden had already made it clear that he would be more rigid than the Trump administration. In fact, pressure has been exerted on the Russian leader in relation to the persecution and detention of Navalny and cyberattacks against American government agencies.
“Russia will be held responsible for its actions,” confirmed Jen Psaki, a spokesman for the White House.
Diplomatic relations between the two countries are again “in a fragile state”, according to Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, blaming Washington for the “cul-de-sac” where they have been in recent years.
O New York Times aponta que muitas vezes alturas de repressão interna são acompanhadas por uma escalada de tensão da Rússia com o Ocidente. O Kremlin alega que os EUA apoiam políticos da oposição para enfraquecer Putin.
Esta semana, aponta o diário norte-americano, o regulador russo de Internet anunciou que estava a preparar-se para bloquear totalmente o acesso à rede social Twitter no país, depois de na semana ter levado a cabo restrições no acesso.