By Tony Winterburn • 17 March 2021 • 20:35
Russia Recalls US Ambassador Back To Moscow Over Election Meddling Accusations.
Russia has recalled its ambassador to the United States back to Moscow for consultations on the future of US-Russia ties. The recall happened shortly after President Joe Biden said Vladimir Putin would “pay a price” for alleged election meddling.
Russia said it had summoned its Washington ambassador back to Moscow for consultations on its ties with the United States, but did however stress it wanted to prevent an “irreversible deterioration” in relations.
The announcement from the Russian foreign ministry came after US President Joe Biden said Russia would “pay a price” for meddling in US elections and he agreed with the assessment that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is a “killer”.
“The Russian ambassador in Washington, Anatoly Antonov, has been invited to come to Moscow for consultations conducted with the aim of analysing what should be done and where to go in the context of ties with the United States,” Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.
Zakharova said the most important thing for Moscow was to determine how to mend Russian-US ties “that have essentially been driven by Washington into a dead-end in recent years”.
She said Russia was interested in preventing the bilateral relations’ “irreversible deterioration if Americans understand the risks associated with it”. The foreign ministry did not reference Biden’s remarks on Putin, but said Moscow wanted to analyse the results of Biden’s first 100 days in office.
In an interview with ABC News broadcast on Wednesday, Biden was asked about a declassified US intelligence report that said Putin tried to harm his candidacy in the November 2020 election and promote that of his rival Donald Trump.
“He will pay a price,” the 78-year-old Biden said. When asked if he thought Putin, who has been accused of poisoning political opponents, is a “killer,” Biden said: “I do”!
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