Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he wants U.S. President Joe Biden and him to hold live online talks to the public after Biden accused Putin of being a killer.
In an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News on Wednesday, Biden was asked if he thought Putin was a “killer” and he responded immediately.
“Mmm hmm, I do,” Biden answered.
Putin hit back against Biden’s accusations on television by sharing the words of a Russian playground chant, saying “he who said it, did it.”
According to the Russian President, the last time the two spoke was on the phone and by Biden’s request right after he took office on January 26th. But Putin appears unsatisfied with the call — proposing that the two continue their conversation on either Friday or Monday, making it live and public.
“I want to offer President Biden that we continue our discussion, but on the condition that we do it live, online, without any delays,” Putin said in the interview.
Putin’s emphasis on having a live and public call is completely unusual. Some are speculating that January 26th’s phone call went a lot differently than most would expect. One could only ponder why would Putin want to showcase the content of their conversation the public.