Russian President Putin said that since Joe Biden became president of the United States, relations between the two countries have not been this bad for a long time. Putin made the statement during an interview with NBC News the day before his meeting with Biden in Geneva. “We have a bilateral relationship that has declined in recent years,” Putin said.
Putin was asked again about an interview with the US president in March in which he called Putin a murderer. Putin said he had heard dozens of such accusations. “This is something I’m not worried about, at least,” Putin said.
Moreover, during the NBC interview, it was also about Biden’s predecessor Trump. The Russian president praised him, calling him “a colorful and talented person, otherwise he would not have become president.” He hopes Biden will be less impulsive than Trump.
Biden embarked on his first European trip this week. Biden and Putin will meet on Wednesday in the Swiss city. The White House said their conversation would include the cyber attacks it blames on Russia and the detention of dissidents like Alexei Navalny.
On the issue of recent cyber attacks on US governments and companies, Putin said these reports of Russian involvement were false. He denied knowledge of these attacks.
The interview with Putin will be broadcast in the United States on Monday and lasts about an hour and a half.
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