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Joe Biden’s ‘Killer’ Remark Might Actually Help Putin, but Expect More Post-Trump Pressure

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President Joe Biden’s view that Vladimir Putin was a “killer” has unsurprisingly been met with outrage from Moscow, but the off-the-cuff comment could play into the Russian leader’s hands, even though tougher U.S. sanctions are likely.

During an ABC interview, Biden also warned Putin would pay for Russian interference in the 2020 election, as concluded by U.S. intelligence, provoking swift indignation from Moscow.

Russian Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that if previous American presidents could work with their counterparts in Moscow during fractious periods such as the Cold War and the term of Donald Trump, why would Biden resort to such undiplomatic language today.

“The leader of a country that claims to be the bearer of democratic principles and morality cannot behave this way,” Volodin wrote on the Telegram messenger app.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that Biden’s statements were “unprecedented,” and the Russian foreign ministry issued a dire warning about deteriorating ties and Russia recalled its Washington ambassador.

However, Putin seemed to suggest that the spat about the “killer” quote was merely playground stuff, quipping that when children had an argument in the yard: “We used to say: ‘It takes one to know one.'”

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