Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday mocked his US counterpart Joe Biden, escalating a confrontation between the 2 world leaders.
Putin stated “it takes one to know one” after Biden, a day earlier, stated he thought the Russian chief was a “killer”.
Biden made the remark in an ABC Information interview broadcast on Wednesday. When requested if he thought the Russian chief, who has been accused of ordering the poisoning of Alexey Navalny and different rivals, is a “killer”, Biden replied: “I do.”
Biden additionally described Putin as having no soul, and stated he would pay a value for alleged Russian meddling within the November 2020 US presidential election, one thing the Kremlin denies.
Putin on Thursday retorted: “I bear in mind, in my childhood, after we argued within the courtyard, we used to say: ‘It takes one to know one.’ And that’s not a coincidence, not only a youngsters’s saying or joke.
“We all the time see our personal traits in different folks and suppose they’re like how we actually are. And, because of this, we assess [a person’s] actions and provides assessments.
“As he [Biden] stated, we all know one another personally. What would I reply to him? I’d say: I want you well being. I want you well being. I say that with none irony or joke.”
In a extremely uncommon transfer following Biden’s interview, Russia stated it was recalling its ambassador to the US for pressing consultations over the way forward for US-Russia ties.
The Russian embassy in Washington, DC stated in an announcement that Anatoly Antonov will depart the US on Saturday.
It added that “sure ill-considered statements of high-ranking US officers have put the already excessively confrontational relations beneath the specter of collapse”.
Russian legislators urge ‘powerful’ response
Shortly earlier than Putin spoke on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated Biden’s remarks confirmed he had little interest in fixing ties with Moscow.
“These are actually dangerous remarks by the US president. He has clearly proven that he doesn’t wish to enhance relations with our nation,” Peskov stated. “We’ll now proceed from that.”
Konstantin Kosachyov, deputy chairman of the Russian parliament’s higher home, stated Biden’s remarks would inflame already dangerous ties, and ended any hope in Moscow of a change in US coverage.
Kosachyov added that recalling ambassador Antonov was an affordable step.
“I think it is not going to be the final one if no clarification or apology follows from the American facet,” he stated in a Fb submit.
Artur Chilingarov, a pro-Kremlin lawmaker within the decrease home of parliament, referred to as for a “powerful response” from Moscow, in feedback made to Russia’s Ekho Moskvy radio station.
US tightens sanctions over Navalny
Moscow’s ties with the West, already languishing at post-Chilly Struggle lows since 2014, have come beneath new strain in current months over Navalny, who’s jailed in Russia.
Western powers, together with the US, have demanded Navalny is freed. Russia has dismissed these calls as unacceptable interference in its home affairs.
On Wednesday, the US Commerce Division tightened sanctions on some exports to Russia as punishment for Navalny’s alleged poisoning in August of final 12 months.
The division stated the transfer would toughen restrictions initially put in place in response to the March 2018 poisoning of former Russian army officer intelligence Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England, with a military-grade nerve agent.
Moscow has denied any function in both case.
The US is considered readying additional sanctions in opposition to Russia over the alleged hacking and meddling within the 2020 election.
“You’ll see shortly,” Biden informed ABC, when requested what penalties Russia would face.
Russia’s international ministry stated Moscow anticipated an evidence for Biden’s remarks, the Interfax information company reported.