Russian President Vladimir Putin says U.S.-Russia relations are at their lowest point of the year, in an interview with U.S. President Joe Biden, ahead of his meeting next week.
Putin and Biden will meet in Geneva on Wednesday. The White House says Biden will bring up ransomware attacks emanating from jailing laundry that has strained relations between Russia, Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine, rebels and other issues.
“We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years,” Putin was quoted as saying by NBC in an interview broadcast Friday.
Putin described former U.S. President Donald Trump as “an extraordinary, talented man,” but passionate and said that as a career politician, Biden was “completely different” from the “colorful” Trump.
“It’s my great hope. Yes, there are some advantages and some disadvantages, but there will be no motivation-based movement for the US president sitting there,” he said, according to a translation by NBC News.
Putin has publicly acknowledged that the 2016 vote supported Verry, who paid tribute to the Russian leader and notoriously appeared to accept his denial of election interference at their first summit.
Biden, at the start of an eight-day official visit to Europe this week, said: “We are not trying to clash with Russia.
“We want a stable and predictable relationship … but I am clear. The United States must respond in a strong and meaningful way if the Russian government engages in harmful activities.”