The Russian president, before his meeting with Joe Biden, also praised former US President Donald Trump.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, before June 16 meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden said relations between the United States and Russia are strained.
“We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to the lowest point in recent years,” Putin told NBC News in a broadcast interview Friday with an English translation of his statements.
Putin and Biden will meet in Geneva next week and Biden afterwards arrived in the UK for his first overseas trip as president on Wednesday, he warned Putin that he would send him a clear message during his meeting.
“We are not looking for conflict with Russia,” Biden said. “We want a stable and predictable relationship … but I have been clear: the United States will respond in a robust and meaningful manner if the Russian government engages in harmful activities.”
The first in-person meeting of leaders comes when relations between Washington and Moscow are strained over a number of issues, including the alleged Russian cyber attacks against the US and the detention of Alexey Navalny, a critic of the Kremlin.
Praise for Trump
In an NBC interview, Putin described former President Donald Trump as “an extraordinary, talented individual,” and called Biden “radically different.”
“Well even now, I think the former president of the United States Mr. Trump is an extraordinary, talented individual, otherwise he would not have become president of the United States,” Putin said.
“He’s a colorful individual. You may like it or not. And, but it didn’t come from the U.S. establishment, it hadn’t been part of major politics before, and some people like it, some people don’t like it, but it’s a fact. ”
Putin added that Biden “is radically different from Trump because President Biden is a career man. He has spent most of his adulthood in politics.”
“He’s a different kind of person, and it’s my great hope that yes, there are some advantages, some disadvantages, but there will be no impulse-based movements, on behalf of the sitting president of the United States.”
U.S. officials see next week’s face-to-face meeting between Putin and Biden as an opportunity to tilt the relationship away from what they see as President Trump’s opening to Putin.
Russian officials told Reuters news agency that they considered the summit as an opportunity to hear from Biden directly after what a source close to the Russian government said were mixed messages from the Russian administration. the United States which took office on 20 January.
Asked by NBC about Biden who called him a murderer in a March interview, Putin said he had heard dozens of accusations. “It’s not something that worries me in the least,” Putin said.