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Joe Biden recalls Putin clash as US claims Russian interference – 'You don't have a soul'


The US President described the occasion in an interview while also warning the Russian leader he will “pay the price” for allegedly interfering in the 2020 election. US intelligence agencies believe Russia attempted to interfere in last year’s election, with Moscow seeking re-election of Donald Trump.

In an interview with ABC News, Mr Biden said he believes Mr Putin is a “killer” and recalled telling the Russian President to his face he has no soul.

Previous reports said the then-Vice President told Mr Putin in 2011 he does not “have a soul”, which Mr Biden confirmed.

He added: “I wasn’t being a wise guy, I was alone with him in his office, that’s how it came about.

“It was when President [George W.] Bush had said I’ve looked in his eyes and saw his soul.

“I said I looked in your eyes and I don’t think you have a soul. And he looked back and said, ‘we understand each other’.”

Mr Biden also said Mr Putin “will pay a price” for allegedly interfering in the 2020 election.

After being asked what the punishment would be, the President said ominously: “Well, you’ll see shortly.”

Earlier the same day, the US National intelligence Council concluded Mr Putin authorised intelligence assets to promote misinformation during the 2020 election cycle about Mr Biden, using media and people close to Mr Trump.

It read: “A key element of Moscow’s strategy this election cycle was its use of people linked to Russian intelligence to launder influence narratives including misleading or unsubstantiated allegations against President Biden through US media organisations, US officials, and prominent US individuals, some of whom were close to former President Trump and his administration.”

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White House sources were asked about the report, and said Mr Biden was clear on his stance on potential interference in his first phone call as President with Mr Putin.

One office told NBC News the US President “has been clear that the United States will respond to a number of destabilising Russian actions”.

The official alleged: “You’ve already seen us take a number of actions in response to Russia’s use of a chemical weapon in the attempted murder of Alexey Navalny.

“There will be more soon.”

Mr Putin has previously been accused of interfering in the 2016 election, where former President Trump beat Hillary Clinton.

He admitted in 2018 he wanted Mr Trump to win, and said it was “because he talked about bringing the US-Russia relationship back to normal”, but denied interfering in the 2016 election.

Mr Trump also denied Russia interfered in the US election, repeatedly calling it “fake news”.



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