Kremlin says Biden's Putin comment shows he has no interest in mending ties

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on measures to boost investment activity, via a video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia March 11, 2021. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Thursday that comments by U.S. President Joe Biden that he thought Vladimir Putin was a killer clearly showed that Biden had no interest in mending ties with Moscow and that Russia would now take that into account.

In an ABC News interview broadcast on Wednesday, Biden said “I do” when asked if he believed the Russian president was a killer. He also described Putin as having no soul and said Russia would “pay a price” for alleged election meddling.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the comments as “very bad” and without precedent. He told reporters on a conference call that Russia would analyse its approach to relations with Washington.

Reporting by Dmitry Antonov; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams