Vladimir Putin suggested that US President Joe Biden projected his own flaws and wished his American counterpart “good health”.
On Wednesday, Biden said that the Russian President “will pay a price” for his efforts to undermine the 2020 US election following and assessing Putin as a “killer.”
“We had a long talk, he and I, and relatively well. And the conversation started — ‘I know you and you know me. If I establish this occurred, be prepared,” Biden added.
The remark comes after a landmark American intelligence assessment that discovered the Russian government meddling during the 2020 election with the aim of “denigrating” Biden’s candidacy.
The interview prompted the Kremlin to summon its ambassador to the United States back to Moscow to discuss how to proceed with the escalation tensions between the two countries.
“It’s clear that [Biden] doesn’t want to normalize relations with our country. This is what we’ll be guided by from now on,” said Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.
“There hasn’t been anything like this in history.”
In response to the Wednesday interview, Putin made a sinister quip in an interview on state TV.
“We always see in another person our own qualities and think that he is the same as us,” the Russian leader said.
“I would say to him: I wish you good health. I say that without irony and not as a joke.”
When asked about Russia’s diplomatic snub, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the Biden administration would “take a different approach in our relationship to Russia than the prior administration.”
“We are going to be straightforward, and we are going to be direct in areas where we have concerns.”
The Biden administration imposed sanctions on Russia after news of the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny made the news in August.
Navalny claimed Putin is responsible for nearly killing him, but the Kremlin denied the allegations.