Putin Calls for Open Talks With Biden in Coming Days After 'Killer' Remarks

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a concert marking the seventh anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a concert marking the seventh anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Credit: Sputnik/Vyacheslav Prokofyev/Pool via REUTERS
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he was ready to hold pulbic online talks with U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday or Monday.

Putin, speaking on state TV, said he was ready to discuss bilateral relations with the United States as well as other issues such as regional conflicts.

Putin said he will order his foreign ministry to prepare the talks, the day after Biden said he thought the Russian leader was a killer and already poor relations between Moscow and Washington sank to a new post-Cold War low. 

Earlier Thursday, Putin said that it takes one to know one in response to Biden's killer remarks. 

Putin was speaking on television after Biden, in an ABC News interview that prompted Russia to recall its Washington ambassador for consultations on Wednesday, said "I do" when asked if he believed the Russian president was a killer.

Biden also described Putin as having no soul, and said he would pay a price for alleged Russian meddling in the November 2020 U.S. presidential election, something the Kremlin denies.

"I remember in my childhood, when we argued in the courtyard we used to say: it takes one to know one. And that's not a coincidence, not just a children's saying or joke," Putin said.

"We always see our own traits in other people and think they are like how we really are. And as a result we assess (a person's) activities and give assessments," he said.

"As he (Biden) said, we know each other personally. What would I reply to him? I would say: I wish you health. I wish you health. I say that without any irony or joke," Putin added.

In a highly unusual move following Biden's interview, Russia said it was recalling its ambassador to the United States for urgent consultations over the future of U.S.-Russia ties.

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