Russian President Vladimir Putin (68) is a murderer, according to the new US President Joe Biden (78) in a TV interview.
It was the prelude to a verbal exchange of blows among the political heavyweights. Vladimir Putin was unimpressed by the attack, saying that Biden should not infer anything from himself and that he should go online next Monday. Biden dryly: “I’m sure we’ll talk at some point.”
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD, 54) sees Biden’s statements to Putin as a sign of a tougher approach by the USA towards Moscow.
Since Biden’s move into the White House, “it has been clear that there will be a clear language in Washington after Russia,” Maas told Deutsche Welle.
The start of talks between the US government and China at the first joint ministerial meeting since the change of office was also fraught with conflict.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (58) and US Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (44) met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (67) and Politburo member Yang Jiechi (70) in frosty Anchorage in the US state of Alaska last Thursday.
Blinken accused the Chinese diplomats of the human rights violations in Hong Kong and in the Xinjiang autonomous region, where the Uighur ethnic minority live. He also blamed China for cyber attacks. “The fact is that there are many human rights issues in the United States,” said Yang, calling the “Black Lives Matter” protests against racism and police violence in the United States.
Positive aspect: Joe Biden has made a fresh start and re-tied the thread of the conversation. It was torn under ex-President Donald Trump (74). The last meeting between the two countries ended in June last year in Hawaii in a diplomatic disaster.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is currently accusing the United States of “lies and conspiracy theories” and warning of a “new Cold War” and thus a threat to world peace.
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