Putin Invites Biden to Virtual Talks

Putin Invites Biden to Virtual Talks

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also said Thursday that the statement in the ABC interview was "really bad remarks by the USA president".

Mr Putin said he last spoke to Mr Biden over the phone at the U.S. president's request and now he proposed they had another conversation, on Friday or Monday, to be held by video-link and broadcast live. "I want to propose to President Biden to continue our discussion, but on the condition that we do it basically live, as it's called".

The diplomatic demarche came after Biden agreed with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview that Putin was a killer and said the Russian leader would "pay a price" for alleged meddling in USA elections.

Commenting on the Russian move Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki emphasized that "we will be direct, we will speak out on areas where we have concerns, and it will certainly be, as the president said last night - certainly, the Russians will be held accountable for the actions that they have taken".

Later that day, Russian Washington Ambassador Anatoly Antonov was sent to D.C. for "consultations" amid warnings from the Foreign Ministry that Russia and America may be headed toward "an irreversible deterioration in relations".

Putin's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov deplored what he called "very bad remarks by the U.S. president" that made it clear that "he doesn't want to normalise relations".

"I would say to him: I wish you good health", Putin said, according to Bloomberg News.

When asked to comment on Biden's remarks, Putin responded that there was "deep psychological meaning in it".

"Nope. The president gave a direct answer to a direct question".

"You know, I remember, in childhood, when we were arguing with each other in the courtyard, we would say, 'I know you are, but what am I, '" Putin said.

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Putin at the time said recalling an envoy would be a "measure of last resort".

"Mmm hmm, I do", Biden responded.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on social and economic development of Crimea and Sevastopol, via video conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 18, 2021. "I'm saying this without irony, not as a joke".

While announcing the decision to recall the Russian ambassador in Washington, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova blamed the U.S. for bringing bilateral ties to a "dead end", adding that "we are interested in preventing their irreversible degradation, if the Americans are aware of the associated risks".

"(Putin) will pay a price", Biden said in the interview, when asked about the declassified report.

Moscow has denied meddling in the USA presidential election previous year or any involvement in Navalny's poisoning.

These claims, however, have been declined by the Kremlin and recalled the Russian envoy back to the country for consultations on ties with the U.S. to prevent an "irreversible deterioration" in relations.

Moscow last recalled its USA envoy for consultations in 1998 over a Western bombing campaign in Iraq.

Russia's foreign ministry said it had summoned its envoy home to discuss a response.

Warning of the risks of "an irreversible deterioration in relations" with the new US administration, the ministry said Russian Federation still hopes to reverse the downward spiral.

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