Russia recalls ambassador after Biden remarks about Putin

Russia recalls envoy after Biden remarks about Putin
Russia says it has called back its ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, for consultations. Source: GETTY IMAGES
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Daily US Times: Russia has recalled its US ambassador for talks to prevent the “irreversible deterioration” of relations with the United States.

Anatoly Antonov had been called back to Russia as US ties had reached a “blind alley”, the Russian government said

The development came after US President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin would “pay the price” for alleged election meddling.

In an interview with ABC News, the US President confirmed he thought the Russian President was “a killer.”

Mr Biden had been commenting on an US intelligence report that suggested Mr Putin had authorised an interference campaign in the last year’s presidential election in the US.

The report accused Moscow of trying to sway the election in favour Donald Trump, former Republican President, who was defeated by Mr Biden, a Democrat.

Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, said the accusations against the Russian President were not backed by evidence and would further harm bilateral ties.

Over the report’s comclusions, the United States is expected to impose sanctions on Russia as soon as next week.

Russian government said in a statement: “Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has been summoned to Moscow for consultations in order to analyse what needs to be done in the context of relations with the United States.”

The statement added that Russia was interested in “preventing an irreversible deterioration in relations”.

It said: “The most important thing for us is to identify ways of rectifying Russia-US relations, which have been going through hard times as Washington has, as a matter of fact, brought them to a blind alley.”

President Joe Biden told ABC he had warned Mr Putin about a potential response to alleged election meddling during a call in late January.

Mr Biden said, “He will pay a price”.

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