United States President Joe Biden has said Russian President Vladimir Putin is “going to pay” following a US intelligence report that linked Russia to an influence campaign to influence the 2020 United States election for former President Donald Trump.
The report concluded that Russia tried to “push influence narratives” that included misleading or unsubstantiated claims against Biden “to US media organisations, US officials, and prominent US individuals, including some close to former President Trump and his administration”.
In an excerpt of an interview with ABC News released on Wednesday, Biden said he had warned Putin there would be repercussions to any confirmed meddling.
“He will pay a price,” Biden told interviewer George Stephanopoulos. Biden was also asked if he thought Putin was a “killer”.
“I do,” he responded.
The US has already imposed sanctions on four senior Russian officials earlier this month over Moscow’s poisoning and imprisonment of opposition politician Alexey Navalny.
Russia responded to the report stating it has no foundation and evidence.
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