Lt. Corky Siemaszko – NBC News
Russian President Vladimir Putin called former President Donald Trump a “colorful individual” and said he is willing to negotiate with President Joe Biden during an exclusive interview this Friday with NBC News, the sister network of Noticias Telemundo.
Putin talked about Trump and Biden, and compared their personalities and political journey at a time when relations between Russia and the United States are going through a historic moment of coldness and shortly before the first face-to-face meeting between the Russian leader takes place. with the current occupant of the White House.
“Well, even now I believe that the former president of the United States, Mr. Trump, is an extraordinary and talented individual. Otherwise he would not have become president of the United States,” Putin told journalist Keir Simmons during a long and at times belligerent interview.
“He’s a colorful guy. You may or may not like me. But it didn’t come from establishment American, it had not been part of politics on a large scale, and some like that and others don’t, but it is a fact, “he said.
As for Biden, Putin said the current president “is radically different from Trump because he is a career man. He has spent practically his entire adult life in politics.”
“He is a different type of person and I have great hope that yes, although there are some advantages and some disadvantages, there will be no brusque action on his part,” he said.
Trump has been criticized for his lack of firmness with Putin. After their only meeting in July 2018 in Helsinki, the Republican caused a stupor after refusing to take the side of US intelligence agencies when Putin denied Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
For his part, Biden has said on numerous occasions that he shot Putin in the face that he “has no soul” during a visit to the Kremlin in 2011, when he was vice president.
But both he and Trump have agreed that Putin, accused of ordering assassinations of political opponents, is a “murderer.”
“I have gotten used to the attacks”
When Simmons asked him point-blank during the 90-minute Kremlin interview if he was a “murderer,” Putin gave an evasive answer.
“During my mandate, I have gotten used to attacks from all kinds of angles and from all kinds of areas under all kinds of pretext and reasons., of different caliber and ferocity, and none of that surprises me, “he replied.
When the interviewer continued to pressure him and named some of the Russian political opponents who have been assassinated in recent years, Putin was enraged.
“Look, you know, I don’t mean to sound rude, but this looks like some kind of indigestion except it’s verbal indigestion. You’ve mentioned many people who actually suffered and perished at different times and for various reasons, at the hands of different individuals.” , answered.
Putin also dismissed as “nonsense” a report in The Washington Post that said Russia was preparing to offer Iran an advanced satellite system to allow it to track military targets, including remaining US troops in Iraq.
“It’s just fake news,” he replied, “at least I don’t know anything about this kind of thing, those who are talking about it will probably know more about it. It’s just silly, rubbish.”