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Moscow outraged by Biden: “Relationships at rock bottom”

Status: 03/18/2021 1:14 p.m.

Relations between the USA and Russia have “irreversibly deteriorated”: Moscow is indignant to statements made by President Biden about President Putin – and threatens with consequences.

From Karla Engelhard,
ARD studio Moscow

The Russian ambassador Anatoly Antonov was immediately summoned from Washington to Moscow. For consultations – primarily to answer the question of how an “irreversible deterioration” in relations between the US and Russia could be prevented, it said in a statement by the State Department.

Karla Engelhard

Karla Engelhard
ARD studio Moscow

The occasion was a television interview with US President Joe Biden. He was asked if he believed that Russian President Vladimir Putin was a murderer, to which he replied, “I do.”

“Rowdy statements”

There is great outrage about this in Russia. The damage also, as Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Russian parliament, explained: “Relations between the US and Russia have been at an all-time low for the last 30 years. Yesterday’s rowdy statements by Mr Biden in the interview are reminiscent of one Situation where you think it couldn’t get worse, but it got worse. ”

Biden also threatened that Putin would “pay” for trying to undermine his 2020 presidential nomination.

Russia rejects all allegations

These allegations are completely unfounded and unfounded, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov. “This line damages the already sick Russian-American relations,” said Peskov. And “such a line has nothing to do with the political will to normalize relations. Of course, we are forced to take all necessary measures to contain the consequences of sanctions against us and to defend the interests of our country to the maximum.”

Briefing in Moscow

With reference to the poisoning of the Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny with the nerve agent Novichok, the USA wants to further restrict the export of sensitive security technologies to Russia this week. The situation is currently being analyzed in Moscow and appropriate countermeasures are being sought, including in talks with the Russian ambassador, who was ordered back from Washington.

Maria Sakharova, spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, said: “We want to summarize the bilateral relations and we have to understand how these relations can develop after all that has happened (…). The talks and deliberations will not only take place in the Foreign Ministry, but also in other authorities, and it will be a long time before we are finished (…). ”

But no matter how long it takes: All of this will not remain without consequences.

Russian reactions to Biden’s “murderer” saying

Karla Engelhard, ARD Wien zzt. Moscow, 18.3.2021 · 12:54 p.m.

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