Russia Recalls Ambassador To U.S. After Biden Comment

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Sergio Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister

Agency Report — Russia on Wednesday called its ambassador to the United States back to Moscow for consultations on the future of U.S.-Russia ties.

The recall of Ambassador Anatoly Antonov, followed U.S. President Joe Biden’s comment that Vladimir Putin would “pay a price” for alleged election meddling.

Biden also said he believes President Vladimir Putin of Russia is a “killer” when asked by ABC News host George Stephanopoulos.

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The US President made his comments after a U.S. intelligence report supported longstanding allegations that Putin was behind Moscow’s election interference in the United States, an accusation Russia called baseless.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it had called its ambassador, Anatoly Antonov, back to Moscow to discuss the future of Russia’s relationship with the United States.

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The move was designed to ensure bilateral ties did not degrade irreparably, it said.

“The main thing for us is to determine the ways in which the difficult Russian-American relations that Washington has led into a dead end in recent years could be rectified,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement on its website.

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“We are interested in preventing their irreversible degradation if the Americans recognise the risks involved.”

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