Russian authorities have advocated Friday to avoid a cold war with the United States, although they have warned that the country is prepared for “all possible scenarios”.
At a press conference, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov refused to address the statements of some experts about the start of a new cold war with Washington, especially in the wake of recent comments made by U.S. President Joe Biden, who accused his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, of being a “murderer”.
Peskov pointed out that “observers and experts make their living precisely with such forecasts”. However, he assured that the Russian side “always trusts in the best”, although being “prepared for the worst at all times”.
The Russian government spokesman pointed out that the president has “clearly” expressed his desire to move forward with bilateral relations between the two countries “despite everything”, because it is “in the interest of the whole world”.
“Now, we cannot put aside Biden’s words,” he said, a day after the Russian Foreign Ministry recalled its ambassador to the United States, Anatoli Antonov, for consultations to address the future of relations between the two countries following Biden’s remarks. The ambassador is scheduled to travel to Moscow, the Russian capital, this Saturday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been quick to react to Biden’s words about Putin, calling the remarks “unacceptable” and “inappropriate”. The ‘Daily Sabah’ newspaper has thus reported that the leader has defended Putin, whom he praised for “doing what was necessary to give an intelligent and elegant response”.
CONVERSATION WITH BIDEN
In an interview granted on Wednesday to ABC television network, Biden expressed that he believes Putin “has no soul” and assured that “he will pay a price” for interfering in the November 3 presidential elections. His words came after US Intelligence released a report accusing Russia, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela of trying to influence the elections.
Putin, for his part, responded to Biden’s words and urged him to “look in the mirror”, while wishing him “good health”. He also recalled that he was ready to hold a conversation with Biden on Monday, “if it is not possible this Friday”.
Peskov thus insisted that Moscow is ready to hold a dialogue with the U.S. government at any time “that suits Biden,” according to information from the TASS news agency.
The White House, however, has not yet accepted the offer, although press chief Jen Pskai has indicated that Biden will travel this Friday to Georgia, so it will be unlikely that he will be able to hold a conversation with Putin.
“Following President Putin’s initiative, the Russian side is showing readiness and has expressed it through the appropriate diplomatic channels. We will wait for a response,” said Peskov, who said that the call will have to take place on Monday at the earliest since Putin is scheduled to leave Moscow this weekend to travel to the Siberian taiga.
As indicated by the Sputnik news agency, Putin is scheduled to go with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on a trip that he hopes will give him “some rest.” The Russian president usually goes to the taiga when he has days off, a gesture that, according to Peskov, shows his “love for Russia and its geography.”