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Joe Biden calls Putin a ‘bright, worthy adversary’ and warns US will respond ‘in kind’

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Joe Biden calls Putin a ‘bright, worthy adversary’ and warns US will respond ‘in kind’

The US President issued Russian President Vladimir Putin a warning while speaking to reporters after Nato meetings. Labelling Mr Putin a “bright” and “worthy adversary”, Mr Biden stressed that the US would retaliate if he refused to cooperate.

He said: “I’m going to make clear to President Putin that there are areas we can cooperate if he chooses.

“If he chooses not to cooperate and acts in a way that he has in the past, then we will respond. We will respond in kind.”

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Mr Biden also warned that if Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny were to die in prison, relations between Russia and the international community would be damaged.

He said: “Navalny’s death would be another indication of Russia has little or no intention of abiding by basic fundamental human rights.

“It would be a tragedy. It would do nothing but hurt his relationships with the rest of the world in my view. And with me.”

Last week, Mr Putin said US-Russia relations are at their lowest point in years during an interview with NBC News ahead of his meeting with Mr Biden.

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He hailed former US President Donald Trump as “an extraordinary individual, talented individual,” but said Mr Biden, as a career politician, was “radically different” from his predecessor.

Speaking to NBC News, Mr Putin said: “We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years.”

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