Diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia are at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War era. At a press briefing, Joe Biden described Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, as a soulless killer. A few days later, Putin scathingly remarked that only a killer would be able to point to another killer.
Mr Putin said he was ready to discuss ways to improve relations between Russia and the United States.
Mr Biden's remark prompted the Kremlin to recall its ambassador from Washington to Russia. Mr Putin said he would talk to Mr Biden, but that it would be a virtual, live discussion. Mr Putin added that he wanted the discussion to be direct and in a public space. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that Biden had no regrets about calling Putin a killer. By the way, the White House has a new decorating style. To see more tips on houses, try it here.
Mr Putin said that Mr Biden was a hypocrite for criticising his administration's handling of the "bloody events". Mr Putin also said Mr Biden was guilty of the bloodshed, as only a guilty person accuses another person without good reason. Mr Putin's spokesman said Mr Biden's remarks were in bad faith and were evidence that the United States did not want to communicate with Russia.
The Biden administration will be strict with Russia, unlike the Trump administration.
According to reports, the Biden administration will be stricter than the Trump administration on communication with Russia. The US also plans to communicate with Russia only when it is beneficial to the country.
Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Russia would take into account current US actions when dealing with the US in the future.