Russian-American relations have reached a low since Democrat Joe Biden moved into the White House, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his first interview in years with an American news medium. NBC Newss interview with Putin will be broadcast in its entirety on Monday.
Putin gave the interview with NBC ahead of his meeting with Biden next week. “Our bilateral relations have deteriorated to a low point over the past few years,” said Putin, who got better with Bidens Republican predecessor Donald Trump. Nonetheless, in the interview, Putin said that Biden would be less impulsive than Trump, whom he described as “colorful.”
Biden previously called Putin for “murderer”, referring the US President to the assassination attacks on numerous opponents of Putin since the former KGB agent waved the scepter from the Kremlin. Putin said in the NBC interview that he has heard dozens of such allegations and that he is not worried about them. Putin took Bidens assassination allegation as “macho behavior” from Hollywood films and said Bidens rhetoric is “part of American political culture, where it is considered normal.”
In the interview, Putin also discusses last years large-scale cyberattack on U.S. governments and businesses. He denied having any knowledge of that attack. U.S. intelligence agencies have repeatedly stated that a Russian hacker collective is in all likelihood behind computer intrusions. Putin also denied knowing anything about Russian satellite technology that would be delivered to Iran.
Biden embarked on his first European trip this week. This Wednesday, he will find Putin in Geneva, Switzerland before flying back to Washington with Airforce One.