Biden on Meeting With Putin: ‘I’m Sure We’ll Talk at Some Point’



President Joe Biden, asked whether he would take Russian President Vladimir Putin up on his offer to talk live, said, “I’m sure we’ll talk at some point.” He made the remarks as he departed the White House for Atlanta, Georgia, where he was scheduled to meet with Asian-American leaders in the wake of the deadly shootings in Atlanta earlier this week.

Vladimir Putin is still hoping for a public conversation with Joe Biden to clear the air between the two presidents after the U.S. leader’s accusation that he’s a killer, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

The White House brushed off Putin’s initial proposal, made late Thursday in comments to state television, for a talk to be shown live on either Friday or Monday. But Peskov said Russia is going ahead with a formal request to the U.S. to hold it at “any convenient time for the U.S. president.”

“Mr. Biden has made rather unprecedented statements,” Peskov told a conference call. “In order to prevent these statements from doing harm to the already sad state of bilateral relations, Putin proposed discussing the situation, but doing it openly, since it would be of interest to the peoples of both countries.”

Biden’s affirmative answer when asked in an interview this week with ABC News whether he thought Putin was a killer sent already-tense ties to a new low. After Russia responded by summoning its ambassador from Washington, Putin fired back with a schoolyard expression that can be roughly translated as “it takes one to know one.”

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