Russia recalls ambassador to U.S. after Biden calls Putin ‘killer’

Russia called its U.S. ambassador back to Moscow for consultations after U.S. President Joe Biden described his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as a “killer” who would “pay a price” for election meddling.

In an interview with ABC News, Biden was asked about a U.S. intelligence report that the Russian leader tried to harm his candidacy in the November 2020 election and promote that of Donald Trump. “He will pay a price,” the 78-year-old Biden said.

Asked if he thought Putin, who has been accused of ordering the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and other rivals, is a “killer,” Biden said: “I do.”

Moscow has denied meddling in the U.S. presidential election last year or any involvement in Navalny’s poisoning.

Biden’s comments were aired as the U.S. Commerce Department announced it was toughening export restrictions imposed on Russia over the Navalny case.

Russia responded by summoning its envoy home.

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