(Washington) Vladimir Putin said Friday he hopes his US counterpart Joe Biden will be less impulsive than his predecessor, Donald Trump, just days before the highly anticipated first summit between the two heads of state.
In an interview with the American channel NBC News, he described Russian President Joe Biden as a “professional” who has spent his life in politics, while Donald Trump, a “talented person” and “colored”.
He said, according to a report, “I have great hope, yes, that there will be certain advantages, certain disadvantages, but that there will be no more reckless maneuvers on the part of the incumbent US president.” Translation provided by NBC News.
Joe Biden is expected to raise several US complaints against Vladimir Putin, including suspicions of Russian interference in US elections and cyber attacks, during the summit in Geneva at the conclusion of his first international trip.
Vladimir Putin publicly admitted he backed Donald Trump in 2016. The billionaire Republican has repeatedly expressed his admiration for the Russian leader, seeming to accept his denials of possible electoral interference.
As for the title of “murderer” that Joe Biden chose to qualify him in light of a series of assassinations, including those of Russian opponent Boris Nemtsov, the Kremlin master saw it as the result of “manly Hollywood behaviour.” .
Such rhetoric “is part of American political culture where it’s considered normal. But not here by the way. It’s not normal here,” he said.