The Kremlin said on Monday that statements by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, in which he said that Russia is the greatest threat to the national security of the United States, was a wrong assessment and that reinforces a feeling of hatred against Russia.
The comments came nearly a week before Biden ran for the presidency against his Republican rival, incumbent President Donald Trump, on November 3. Biden is ahead of Trump in opinion polls.
In response to a request for comment on Biden’s statements, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters during a conference call, “We absolutely do not agree with that… We cannot help but feel sorry for the spread of this absolute hatred for the Russian Federation in this way”.
Since 2014, relations between Moscow and Washington have been declining to their lowest levels since the Cold War era, after Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula to it from Ukraine, and Biden was Vice President Barack Obama at the time.
Biden had referred to Russia as the most dangerous global threat to Washington, in an interview with the 60 Minutes program on the American (CBS) channel on Sunday, while describing China as his country’s biggest rival.
“I think that the biggest threat to America right now in terms of penetrating our security and our alliances is Russia,” he said.
Putin, who had previously praised Trump for saying he was looking forward to better relations with Moscow, had said that Russia would cooperate with any American leader, but referred to Biden’s “sharp and anti-Russian rhetoric”.
On Sunday, Putin said he saw no crime in Biden’s son Hunter’s previous trade relations with Ukraine or Russia, indicating that he does not agree with one of the lines of attack that Trump is using in his campaign against Biden.