Putin offers direct talks with Biden, says no need for insults

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Russian President Vladimir Putin fired back at American counterpart Joe Biden's accusation that he's a killer, saying "it takes one to know one" as he insisted the us will have to take Russia's interests into account despite insults.

The G7 group of leading economic powers said on Thursday it would not accept Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, in a statement marking seven years since the takeover.

"Although they think we are the same as them, we are different people, we have a different genetic and cultural-moral code", Putin said, in televised remarks, citing USA slavery and the country's deployment of the nuclear bomb in World War II.

In an ABC news interview, Joe Biden said "I do" when asked if he believed Putin - who some accuse of ordering the assassinations of his political opponents - was a killer.

Biden's remarks in the ABC interview that aired Wednesday has triggered a furious reaction from Russia's government, which unleashed a barrage of criticism and took the extraordinary step of recalling its ambassador back to Moscow for "consultations" over the comments.

Speaking in separate comments later Thursday, Putin said he would ask the Foreign Ministry to arrange a call with Biden in the next few days to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, regional conflicts and other issues.

Later that day, Putin recalled his ambassador to the US and on Thursday he pointed at the USA history of slavery and slaughtering Native Americans and the atomic bombing of Japan in World War II. "He has clearly shown that he doesn't want to improve relations with our country", Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, said.

The Russian leader also said he wished Biden "good health".

In response to reporters' questions, White House press secretary Jen Psaki suggested the discussion was unlikely to happen and noted that Biden is scheduled to travel to Georgia on Friday.

Putin at the time said recalling an envoy would be a "measure of last resort".

"You know, I remember, in childhood, when we were arguing with each other in the courtyard, we would say, 'I know you are, but what am I?' and that's no accident".

"The Russian ambassador in Washington, Anatoly Antonov, has been invited to come to Moscow for consultations conducted with the aim of analyzing what should be done and where to go in the context of ties with the United States", the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Also Wednesday, U.S. intelligence released a report finding that Putin authorized influence operations to help Trump's re-election bid. But his administration has said it will take a tougher line with Moscow than Washington did during former US President Donald Trump's term in office, and engage only when there is a tangible benefit for the United States.

"The price he is going to pay, well, you'll see shortly", Biden said. "This kind of statement is not acceptable under any circumstances", he added, calling it a watershed moment in U.S. -Russia ties.

"It is clear that he does not want to get the relationship with our country back on track, and we will proceed from that".

The US has said it is preparing new sanctions against Russian Federation over an alleged hack and the alleged election meddling.



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