US President Joe Biden declined to answer the question whether he would agree to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
At the end of Biden’s speech at the White House on the topic of coronavirus, one of the journalists shouted a question about Putin’s proposal and asked if Biden would agree to the conversation. Biden did not answer and left the podium without turning around, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris.
Earlier, Biden, when asked by the media whether he considers his Russian counterpart a “killer,” replied that he did. He also noted that Putin will “answer” for alleged interference in the American elections.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined to clarify whether Biden’s words about Putin were “metaphor”. She added that the US President had previously stated that he would “not hold back” in expressing his position either in direct contacts with the Russian leadership or in public assessments.
Putin commented on Biden’s words, wishing him good health and reminding him that evaluating other people is like looking in the mirror, and offered to talk on Friday or Monday.