The Kremlin denounced Friday the “very aggressive” remarks of the new American president Joe Biden, the day after a combative speech with regard to Russia and calling for the release of the opponent Alexeï Navalny. “It is a very aggressive and not constructive rhetoric, we regret it,” said Dmitri Peskov, spokesperson for the Russian presidency, during a telephone press briefing.
However, he said he hoped there would remain “a basis for cooperation, despite the enormous amount of disputes and differences on key issues.”
A firmer tone with Russia
In remarks to the State Department on Thursday, President Biden took a much tougher tone on Russia than his predecessor Donald Trump. He said in particular that he informed Vladimir Putin that “the time when the United States submitted to Russia’s aggressive acts (was) over” and that his administration was going to fight against “Russia’s desire to weaken (their ) democracy “.
Joe Biden has not announced concrete measures targeting Moscow, but has multiplied the warnings, citing in particular the case of the poisoning and imprisonment of the opponent Navalny.