(FiveNation.com)- The Russian Foreign Ministry publicly expressed its regret this week that U.S. President Joe Biden failed to accept an offer of a live discussion.
Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to take part in a live broadcast discussion with the new U.S. president after he appeared on television and called Putin a “killer.”
Putin responded by telling a press pool that it “takes one to know one,” and then suggested the live debate…presumably knowing that Biden doesn’t do so well in live debates.
Vladimir Putin has responded to US President Joe Biden’s accusation that he is a “killer” – by saying “it takes one to know one”.
The Russian president said he wishes Biden “good health”.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 18, 2021
“I want to propose to President Biden to continue our discussion, but on the condition that we do it basically live, as it’s called. Without any delays and directly in an open, direct discussion,” President Putin said during a March 16 interview on Russian state television.
The Russian president was so hopeful about the idea that he told Russian TV he believed it could be hosted on March 19 or 22.
“We are ready at any time convenient for the American side,” he said. But Biden isn’t willing to take part.
On March 18, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden was “quite busy” and wouldn’t be able to attend.
It prompted the Russian Foreign Ministry to issue a statement expressing its disappointment in Biden’s unwillingness to take part and represent his country.
“We regret to note that the American side has not supported the proposal made by President of Russia Vladimir Putin to U.S. President Joe Biden to hold a live broadcast discussion on March 19 or 22, 2021, on the problems that have accumulated in bilateral relations, as well as on the subject of strategic stability,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre attempted to mitigate the embarrassment, saying that President Biden would meet Putin “when the time is right.”
Let’s hope that’s some time before Kamala Harris takes the reins…