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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Joe Biden stated he first felt just like the chief of the free world when he sat throughout from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“You at all times hear ‘chief of the free world.’ Properly, I spotted once I’m sitting throughout from Putin, who I do know, he is aware of who I’m. I do know who he’s. He is aware of I imply what I say and might do what I say,” Biden stated throughout a CNN town hall event on Wednesday. “It’s the primary time I’ve ever felt the notion that I’m within the workplace that’s the chief of the free world.”
Following their first in-person meeting in Geneva in June, Putin and Biden declared the intention to launch complete strategic stability dialogue and to start consultations on safety, arms management and a possible prisoner trade.
Previous to the summit, Biden known as his Russian counterpart “brilliant” and “powerful”, in addition to a “worthy adversary.” The assembly came about simply after Biden traveled to Europe for the G7 and NATO summits.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden pose for photographs on the G-7 summit, in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain June 11, 2021
US-Russia tensions intensified following the US intel report on Moscow’s alleged position within the SolarWinds cyber breach and purported interference within the 2020 presidential election. After the Biden administration accomplished an intelligence assessment, Washington launched a brand new batch of anti-Russia sanctions.
In March, Biden set off a diplomatic firestorm after an interview with ABC News, wherein he claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin would “pay a value” for alleged interference within the US elections and answered within the affirmative when requested whether or not he thought-about Putin a “killer.” Russia afterwards recalled its ambassador from Washington for consultations on everything of the bilateral relationship.
In an interview with US broadcaster NBC, Putin stated he was not anxious about such harsh rhetoric and attributed it to the general US tradition. In keeping with NBC, he known as the “killer” label “Hollywood macho.”
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Russian President Vladimir Putin throughout his NBC interview
“I’ve heard dozens of such accusations, particularly throughout the interval of some nice occasions, throughout our counterterrorism efforts within the North Caucasus. And when that occurs I’m at all times guided by the pursuits of the Russian folks, of the Russian state,” Putin stated.
Earlier, the Russian chief commented on Biden’s phrases, wishing him good well being and reminding him that evaluating different folks is like trying in a mirror.