Putin, a ‘killer with no soul’ says US President Biden

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(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on March 17, 2021 shows US President Joe Biden(L) during remarks on the implementation of the American Rescue Plan in the State Dining room of the White House in Washington, DC on March 15, 2021, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin during his working visit to Ivanovo, a town some 300 km outside Moscow, on March 6, 2020. - US President Joe Biden said he agrees with the assessment that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is a "killer." In an interview with ABC News broadcast on March 17, 2021, Biden said Putin would "pay a price" for trying to undermine his candidacy in the US 2020 election as alleged in a new US intelligence report.Asked if he thought Putin, who is accused of being ruthless with his opponents, is "a killer," Biden said, "I do." (Photos by Eric BARADAT and Alexey NIKOLSKY / various sources / AFP)

US President Joe Biden says Russian strongman, Vladimir Putin is a “killer with no soul” and vows Russia will “pay a price” for interfering in the US elections.

The Sun reported that President Biden said this during an interview with ABC George Stephanopoulos.

Biden was asked about a US chief intelligence brief that was issued on Tuesday stating that President Vladimir Putin “authorized” and oversaw covert operations aimed at “denigrating Biden’s candidacy.”

However, Biden told Stephanopoulos that he had warned Putin of a potential response during a call in January.

“He will pay a price,” Biden said. “We had a long talk, he and I, when we — I know him relatively well.

“And the conversation started off, I said, ‘I know you and you know me. If I establish this occurred, then be prepared.”

When asked if Biden believes Putin is a killer, the president replied: “Mmm hmm, I do.”

Biden also said that when he told Putin that he does not think he has a soul, the Russian President replied: “We understand each other.”

The document on foreign threats said that Russia also aimed to “denigrate” the Democratic Party, “supporting former President Trump. undermining public confidence in the electoral process, and exacerbating sociopolitical divisions in the United States.” 

However, “unlike in 2016, we did not see persistent Russian cyber efforts to gain access to election infrastructure,” the report added.

The findings comes after state and federal judges dismissed more than 50 lawsuits presented by then-President Trump and his allies challenging the election or its outcome.

The report noted, however, there are “no indications that any foreign actor attempted to alter any technical aspect of the voting process in the 2020 US elections, including voter registration, casting ballots, vote tabulation, or reporting results.

“We have high confidence in our assessment; Russia state and proxy actors who all serve the Kremlin’s interests worked to affect US public perceptions in a consistent manner.

“A key element of Moscow’s strategy this election cycle was its use of proxies linked to Russian intelligence to push influence narratives – including misleading or unsubstantiated allegations against President Biden – to US media organizations, US officials, and prominent US individuals, including some close to former President Trump and his administration.”

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