Ahead of an upcoming meeting with Joe Biden, Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC News on Friday that the current president is “radically different” from his predecessor.
Why is this important: Trump has been accused of getting close to Putin during his tenure while Biden pledged to take a tough approach against the Kremlin.
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What he says : “Well, even now I think former US President Mr. Trump is an amazing, talented individual, otherwise he wouldn’t have become President of the United States,” Putin told NBC’s Keir Simmons.
“He’s a colorful individual. You may like him or not. And, but he’s not from the American establishment, he had never been in big politics before, and some like him,” others don’t like it, but that’s a fact. “
Biden, on the other hand, knows how to play, Putin said. He “is radically different from Trump because President Biden is a career man. He has spent most of his adult life in politics.”
“It is my great hope that yes, there are advantages, disadvantages, but there will be no impulsive movements, on behalf of the incumbent US president,” Putin added.
Trump and Biden both called Putin a ‘killer’ amid allegations of Putin’s assassination orders. When asked if he really was a “killer”, the Russian president replied.
“During my tenure I got used to attacks from all kinds of angles and all kinds of fields under all kinds of pretexts, reasons and of different caliber and ferocity and none of this surprises me.” , Putin said, calling the accusation “Hollywood Macho”.
He bristled when Simmons named some opponents of Putin who have been killed in recent years.
“Look, you know, I don’t mean to sound rude, but it sounds like kind of indigestion except it’s verbal indigestion. You mentioned a lot of people who actually suffered and died at different times for various reasons. , in the hands of different people, ”he said.
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