Joe Biden Says Vladimir Putin Will Pay A 'High Price' For Meddling In US Election
US President Joe Biden has come out swinging against Russian President Vladimir Putin, warning he will face consequences for tampering with the 2020 US Election.
In an explosive interview with ABC News, Biden declared: "[Putin] will pay a price."
Asked what these punishments would be, Biden replied with an ominous: "You'll see shortly".
The comments come after a US intelligence community report claimed Putin ordered influence operations to hurt Biden's presidential bid.
The declassified report found that the Russian leader had authorised operations to help Trump in the US presidential election.
Despite the threats coming from the Kremlin, intelligence officials reportedly found 'no indications that any foreign actor attempted to interfere in the 2020 US elections by altering any technical aspect of the voting process, including voter registration, ballot casting, vote tabulation, or reporting results'.
In another shocking revelation, Biden didn't hold back on his thoughts when asked by chief anchor George Stephanopoulos if he believed that Putin is 'a killer'.
Without elaborating, Biden replied: "I do".
The President added that in a past conversation with Putin, he told him that he 'looked in [his] eyes and I don't think [he has] a soul".
He said he told the Russian president: "I know you and you know me. If I establish this occurred then be prepared".
"I know him relatively well," Biden continued, adding that 'the most important thing dealing with foreign leaders in my experience ... is just know the other guy.'
Following Biden's comments, the foreign ministry said Russia has now recalled its ambassador to the United States for consultations.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova did not give a specific reason for the move, but said that relations 'are in a difficult state, which Washington has brought to a dead-end in recent years'.
"We are interested in preventing their irreversible degradation if the Americans are aware of the associated risks," she said.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov slammed the US intelligence report as 'absolutely groundless'.
"It's regrettable that the beginning of each presidential term in the US seems to be linked to imposing sanctions on Russia," he said.
Despite Biden's apparent warning, he said that the US would continue to work with Russia on issues such as renewing the START nuclear agreement.
Putin has vehemently denied any allegations that his government was behind attacks on opponents.