The Russian president, before his meeting with Joe Biden, also praised former U.S. President Donald Trump.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, before June 16 meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden saying U.S.-Russia relations are down.
“We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to the lowest point in recent years,” Putin told NBC News in an interview Friday with an English translation of his statements.
Putin and Biden will meet in Geneva next week and Biden afterwards arriving in the UK for his first trip abroad as president on Wednesday, he warned Putin that he would send him a clear message during the meeting.
“We are not looking for conflicts with Russia,” Biden said. “We want a stable and predictable relationship … but I’ve been clear: the United States will respond in a robust and meaningful way if the Russian government engages in harmful activities.”
The first face-to-face meeting of leaders comes when relations between Washington and Moscow are strained over a number of issues, including the alleged Russian cyberattacks against the US and the arrest of Alexey Navalny, a Kremlin critic.
Praised by Trump
In an NBC interview, Putin praised former President Donald Trump as “an extraordinary, talented individual” and called Biden “radically different.”
“Well, even now I think the former president of the United States, Trump, is an extraordinary, talented individual, otherwise he would not have become president of the United States,” Putin said.
“He is an individual of colors. You may like it or not. And, but it didn’t come from the American establishment, it hadn’t been part of the politics of great times before, and some people like it, others don’t like it, but that’s a fact. “
Putin added that Biden “is radically different from Trump because President Biden is a career man. He has spent most of his adult life in politics.”
“It’s a different kind of person, and I have high hopes that yes, there are some advantages, some disadvantages, but there will be no impulse-based movements, on behalf of the incumbent President of the United States.”
U.S. officials see next week’s face-to-face meeting between Putin and Biden as an opportunity to tip the relationship over what they consider former President Trump’s openings to Putin.
Russian officials told Reuters news agency that they consider the summit an opportunity to hear Biden directly after what a source close to the Russian government said were mixed messages from the US administration that took office. on January 20th.
Asked by NBC about Biden calling him a murderer in an interview in March, Putin said he had heard dozens of such accusations. “I don’t care about that at all,” Putin said.