US President Joe Biden has called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “killer” and promised that the Kremlin would “pay the price” to interfere in the 2020 US elections.
Since Biden took over the White House in January 2021, he has pledged to take a hard line against the Kremlin, which has always tried to assassinate and imprison dissidents and political opponents.
U.S. intelligence released a report Tuesday, March 16, revealing that Putin had authorized election-influence operations to denigrate Biden’s candidacy, supporting former President Trump, undermining public confidence in the election, and sowing divisions.
The United States also sanctioned seven senior Russian officials earlier this month to poison and imprison opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who is currently serving a sentence in a remote Russian labor camp.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Joe Biden answered in the affirmative to the question of the journalist, George Stephanopoulos, asking him if he thought Vladimir Putin was “a killer.” “Yes, I think so,” he replied, nodding, before adding in the form of a threat: “You will soon see the price he will pay.”
“We had a long conversation with him and me; I know him pretty well,” said the Democratic leader, who seems to want to be more firm with the Kremlin master than his predecessor in the White House, Donald Trump.
Asked how the United States should respond to Russia’s election interference, Biden said.
“He will pay the price. We had a long conversation, him and me. I know him relatively well, and the conversation started: “At the beginning of the conversation, I said to him, ‘I know you, and you know me if I conclude that you did this, be prepared,'” he said.
Referring to President George W. Bush’s famous comments on how to get an idea of “Putin’s soul,” Biden told ABC: “I said, “I looked into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul.” He looked back and said we understood each other. «
“Look, the most important thing in my dealings with foreign leaders in my experience, and I’ve dealt with a lot of them in my career, is just getting to know the other guy.”
Remember in a 2017 interview with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly, former U.S. leader Trump said he had “respect” for Putin and said the United States was guilty of murder.
O’Reilly said, “Putin is a killer,” to which Trump replied: “There are many killers. We have a lot of killers. Well, you think our country is so innocent?