Moscow: The Kremlin said Friday that President Putin’s proposal to talk to US President Biden was to prevent bilateral relations from being completely dismantled because the Americans said that the Russian leader was the killer.
Putin made it clear that “it makes sense to have a conversation that maintains Russia-US relations rather than a barb.” He wants to publicly resolve the tension in Biden’s “very bad remarks”. His spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
When asked if he thought Putin was a “killer,” Biden replied “I do” in an interview broadcast on Wednesday. Russia responded to this and reviewed the consultations conducted by its ambassador to Washington. Putin pointed out on Thursday that the history of slavery in the United States, the massacre of Native Americans, and the atomic bombing of Japan in World War II had a “one size fits all” response.
Putin also pointed out that Russia will still cooperate with the United States where and when it supports Moscow’s interests, adding: “Many honest and decent people in the United States hope to establish peace and friendship with Russia.”
He suggested making a phone call with Biden in the next few days to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, regional conflicts and other issues, and suggested that the dialogue be open to the public.
Peskov said the purpose of Putin’s public announcement of this proposal is to prevent Biden’s statement from causing irreparable damage to the worn-out relationship.
Peskov said: “Because Biden’s remarks are unprecedented, it cannot be ruled out in unprecedented forms.” “President Putin proposed to discuss this situation publicly because it is very interesting for the people of both countries.”
Peskov said that the Kremlin has not yet received a reply from the White House regarding the repurchase offer, adding that it will not repeat the offer.
He said in a conference call with reporters: “The request has been made.” “Lack of response will mean refusal to talk.”
Calls between heads of state are usually made out of public sight, but with an exception in June last year, the opening part of Putin’s video call with French President Emmanuel Macron was televised. .
Biden took a hard line against Russia, saying that the days of the US “transition” to Putin have passed. He went to great lengths to contrast his style with that of former President Donald Trump, who avoided direct confrontation with Putin and often agreed with his speech.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden will continue to seek cooperation to stop Iran’s nuclear program and prevent nuclear proliferation in a broader sense. But she said that Biden does not regret calling Putin as a killer and opposes the suggestion that such remarks will not help.
After Moscow annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014, election interference, hacking attacks, and the recent poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Russia’s relations with the United States and the European Union have fallen to the post-Cold War The low point. He blamed this on the Kremlin. The Russian authorities rejected the accusation.
Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, predicted that the relations between Russia and the United States will remain very tense in the next few years, and talked about the need to concentrate on preventing the two countries’ relationship. Any military incident occurred during the period.
Trenning said in the comments: “From a foreseeable perspective, the most important thing in relations with the United States is to avoid unintentional military conflicts.” He added that Moscow and Washington have the necessary channels of communication. “It is necessary to prevent possible incidents between Russia, the United States and its allies, its aircraft and ships, or if they still occur, they should be resolved immediately.”
On Wednesday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a report that found that Putin authorized influence operations to help Trump re-elect. The Biden administration warned that Russia will face sanctions for attempts to influence elections and the massive SolarWinds hack.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan weighed his nose in this debate, saying that Biden’s statement on Putin “is not suitable for becoming the head of state”.
Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul: “It is really unacceptable or palatable for the head of state to use such an expression to a head of state like Russia.” He praised Putin’s response as “very sharp and elegant.”
Erdogan’s comments come as Turkey’s efforts to re-establish its troubled relationship with the United States have yet to be answered. Since Biden’s inauguration in January, he has not called Erdogan.