CM – Putin says relations with the US are at their lowest point before the Biden meeting

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with NBC News ahead of his meeting with US President Joe Biden next week that US-Russia relations were at their lowest level in years.

Putin and Biden will meet in Geneva on Wednesday. The White House has announced that Biden will bring up ransomware attacks from Russia, Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine, the detention of dissidents and other issues that have irritated the relationship.

« We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to rock bottom in recent years, » Putin said, according to an NBC translation of excerpts from an interview broadcast on Friday.

Putin praised former President Donald Trump as « an extraordinary personality, a talented individual » and said that as a career politician, Biden was « radically different » from Trump.
When asked if Biden called him a murderer in a March interview, Putin said he had heard dozens of such allegations. « This is nothing to worry about, » said Putin.

At the beginning of an eight-day visit to Europe this week, Biden said: « We are not looking for a conflict with Russia. »

« We want a stable and predictable relationship … but it was clear to me that the United States will respond robustly and sensibly if the Russian government engages in harmful activities. »

Putin was asked about several Russian dissidents whose death Moscow was blamed for, including ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned in 2006. Putin dismissed the question as a « verbal indigestion ». “He said some of those responsible for the deaths were in prison.

Regarding the recent ransomware attacks that the United States traced back to Russia, Putin denied any knowledge of the hacking attacks and urged Biden to reach an agreement with him on cyberspace, NBC News said.

Putin also rejected a report in the Washington Post this week that Russia is preparing to deliver an advanced satellite to Iran that would allow it to pursue potential military targets across the Middle East.

“This is just fake news. At least I don’t know anything about that, ”Putin said, according to NBC News. « This is just nonsense rubbish. »

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