MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin responded to President Joe Biden's description of him as a killer by citing America's past and present troubles, from slavery and the slaughter of Native Americans to racial injustice. Biden was asked in an interview this week whether he thought Putin was a killer, and he replied, "I do," a remark that prompted Russia to recall its ambassador in Washington for consultations and warn about further retaliation. Biden has taken a tough stance on Russia, contrasting with the approach of former President Donald Trump, who avoided direct confrontation and frequently spoke about Putin with approval. Putin was asked about Biden's comment during a video call marking the anniversary of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, and he said the remark reflected the United States' own problems. He pointed at the US atomic bombing of Japan during World War II, as well as its history of slavery and slaughtering Native Americans, noting the painful legacies weighing on the United States. "Otherwise, where would the Black Lives Matter movement come from?" he said, citing racial injustice and the killing of African Americans. The exchange of tough statements follows a declassified report from the US national intelligence director's office that… Read full this story
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