Washington – Russia has summoned its ambassador to the United States to discuss relations with Washington, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday.
The movement occurred after President Joe Biden said that Russian President Vladimir Putin “would pay the price” by Moscow’s interference at the 2020 presidential elections of the United States. In an interview with ABC News, Biden was also asked if he thought Putin was a murderer.
“Yes,” Biden replied. The president did not elaborate the question “murderer” or what the United States could charge Russia for electoral interference.
In the declaration of it, the spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, María Zakharova, did not mention the “Assassin” statement or any other specific reason for the ambassador’s withdrawal.
“The Russian ambassador in the United States Anatoly Antonov has been summoned to Moscow to obtain consultations to analyze what should be done in the context of relations with the United States,” she said.
Diplomatic tensions come in the midst of the growing tensions between Washington and Moscow. On Tuesday, the United States intelligence officials published a report that concluded that Russia was trying to undermine Biden’s candidacy in the 2020 elections. An unclassified assessment said that Putin allowed electoral interference, seeking to help the supply of re-election From former President Donald Trump.
“The Operation of Official Influence of Putin” aimed at denigrating the candidacy of President Biden and the Democratic Party, supporting former Trump president, undermining public confidence in the electoral process and exacerbating sociopolitical divisions in the United States, “the report concluded .
The Biden administration also recently sanctioned Russia by poisoning and the continuous detention of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the first of several steps, the Biden Administration will take to counteract Russian aggression.
“The only method (Putin) is killing people,” said Navalny. “He will go down in history as a poisoner.”
The list of Putin’s known critics and ex experts in Kremlin, spies and runners who were victims of unresolved murders, frightening poisonings, suspicious deaths and lighter and softer forms of abuse and ill-treatment.
Zakharova said that Biden’s administration was leading relations between the United States and Russia in a “stagnation”.
“The most important thing for us is to identify ways to improve Russian-American relations, which have been going through difficult times because Washington, in fact, took them to a stagnation,” she said in a statement. “We are interested in preventing irreversible damage to relationships, if the United States is aware of the risks associated with this.”
The White House turned off Russia’s antonov withdrawal and refused to say if the United States would also bring your ambassador home from Moscow.
Biden “will not be retained in direct communications, nor will it be publicly reset,” said Jen Psaki, the secretary of the White House, on Wednesday. “And we are still finding ways of working together in areas where we have a common interest, including a new start extension of five years. That is diplomacy in action.”
A spokesman for the State Department said they were aware of the Moscow decision, but “it was pointed out to add” Biden’s comments.
“We remain vigilant about the challenges posed by Russia, and even as we work with Russia to promote the interests of the USA, we will also work to have to take into account,” said Jalina Porter, the main attached spokesperson of the Department of State. “When it comes to our retirement from us, we have no comments about that.”