Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov gives thumbs up as he leaves the embassy in Washington – days after being recalled to Moscow as Biden called Putin a ‘killer’
- Anatoly Antonov was recalled for ‘consultations’ by the Kremlin
- On Wednesday, Biden referred to Putin as a ‘killer,’ angering the Kremlin
- Tensions appear to be ratcheting up between Russia and the United States
Antonov’s recall comes days after Biden referred to Russian president Vladimir Putin as a ‘killer.’
The Kremlin labeled that comment as being ‘very bad’ before recalling Antonov for vague ‘consultations.’
‘The Russian ambassador in Washington, Anatoly Antonov, has been invited to come to Moscow for consultations conducted with the aim of analyzing what should be done and where to go in the context of ties with the United States,’ read a statement by Russia‘s foreign ministry.
Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov waves his hand as he leaves Russian Embassy
Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov gives thumbs up as he leaves Russian Embassy
‘He will pay a price,’ Biden said of Putin during an interview on Wednesday with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos, without offering specifics.
‘The price he’s going to pay, well, you’ll see shortly.’
Meanwhile, US officials said Biden’s relationship with Russia and Putin was due for a reset.
‘The president’s relationship and this administration’s relationship with the Russians will be very different from what we’ve seen over the last four years – and we’ve already seen evidence of that from his first phone call with President Putin,’ White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told DailyMail.com during a press briefing on Wednesday.
Former president Donald Trump was often believed by some to have a cozy relationship with Putin, and Russian election interference became a prominent story during both of Trump’s presidential campaigns.
On Friday, Biden did attempt to add some goodwill in regard the relationship with Russia, saying to reporters that he will talk to Putin ‘at some point.’