Vladimir Putin said on Friday that he hoped his American counterpart Joe Biden would be less impulsive than his predecessor Donald Trump, a few days before the highly anticipated first summit between the two heads of state.
Some advantages, some disadvantages
In an interview with the American channel NBC News, the Russian president described Joe Biden as a “career“having spent his life in politics, while Donald Trump, a”talented individual“and”colorful“. “I have great hope that, yes, there are some advantages, some disadvantages, but that there are no more impulsive maneuvers on the part of the sitting US president.Joe Biden is expected to raise several US complaints against Vladimir Putin, including suspicion of Russian interference in US elections and cyberattacks, at the summit in Geneva in the end of his first international trip.
Vladimir Putin has openly admitted that he supported Donald Trump in 2016. The Republican billionaire has repeatedly expressed his admiration for the Russian leader and notoriously appeared to accept his denials of possible electoral interference. As for the epithet of “killer“chosen by Joe Biden to qualify him in the light of a series of assassinations including that of Russian opponent Boris Nemtsov, the master of the Kremlin saw the result of”macho behavior“peculiar to Hollywood. Such a speech”is part of American political culture where it is considered normal. But not here, by the way. It is not considered normal here“, he said.