Russia-US relations have plummeted since Democrat Joe Biden lived in the White House. Russian President Vladimir Putin said this in his first interview with the US media. The NBC News interview with Putin airs in full on Monday.
Putin was interviewed by the NBC ahead of a meeting with Pita next week. “Our bilateral relations have deteriorated to a very low level in recent years,” said Putin, who is best known for his support for Biden’s Republican leader Donald Trump. Despite this, Putin said in an interview that he hopes Biden will be less emotional than Trump, whom he described as “colorful.”
Biden previously called Putin a “murderer,” citing assassination attempts by several of Putin’s opponents since his escape from the KGB agent’s Kremlin. Putin said in an NBC interview that he had heard dozens of such allegations and did not care about them. Putin has dismissed allegations of Biden’s assassination as “luxury behavior” from Hollywood movies, and said Biden’s rhetoric was “part of American political culture, considered normal.”
In the interview, Putin also discussed the large-scale cyber-attack on US governments and companies last year. He denied that he had any knowledge of the attack. U.S. intelligence agencies have repeatedly said a Russian hacker was behind the joint computer crash. Putin also denied knowing anything about Russian satellite technology being provided to Iran.
Biden began his first European tour this week. He will meet Putin next Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland.