On Friday, June 11, an interview was conducted with Vladimir Putin, in which the Russian president referred to Donald Trump as an extraordinary, talented and colorful person.
In the interview that NBC aired, the Russian leader said that the relationship between Russia and the United States “has deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years.”
It should be noted that a summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will take place next week.
When asked by interviewer Keir Simmons about his opinion of Biden, given his previous praise for Donald Trump, Putin replied:
“Well, even now, I believe that former U.S. president Mr. Trump is an extraordinary individual, talented individual. Otherwise, he would not have become U.S. president. He is a colorful individual. You may like him or not. And, but he didn’t come from the U.S. establishment. He had not been part of big-time politics before, and some like it, some don’t like it, but that is a fact.”
To which he added that Biden is different because he is a career politician, who spent many years in the Senate, “That’s a different kind of person, and it is my great hope that, yes, there are some advantages, some disadvantages, but there will not be any impulse-based movements on behalf of the sitting U.S. president.”
This praise from Putin to Trump is not surprising, as there is an excellent relationship between them, which was reflected during the former U.S. president’s tenure in the White House. Even President Putin was one of the last to recognize Biden as president and congratulate him.
Putin’s relationship with President Clinton, Bush, and Obama had very tense moments, and this situation was reversed with the arrival of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States since he found in him an ally in his fight against globalism.
It is expected that at the June 16 meeting, Putin will give another sign of “friendship” with Trump and will put pressure on Biden for the political persecution being experienced by the January 6 demonstrators in the Capitol, as anticipated on June 1 at a press conference by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov.
On the other hand, this Thursday, June 10, in a statement, Trump wished Biden good luck in his meeting with the Russian president, with the following words:
“Good luck to Biden in dealing with President Putin—don’t fall asleep during the meeting, and please give him my warmest regards!,”
In the statement, Trump also referred to the summit he had with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, in 2018.
“Despite the belated Fake News portrayal of the meeting, the United States won much, including the respect of President Putin and Russia,”
He also said it is obvious that he chooses to trust Putin over former Obama-era U.S. intelligence officials.
It is worth noting that since Biden’s inauguration, the relationship between the two countries worsened. Shortly after taking office, Joe Biden, threatened that Putin would “pay a price” for his administration’s surreptitious activities. He also claimed that Putin was a murderer.
These facts only show how different the bilateral relations between the two powers will be from what they were under the Trump administration, although it is hoped that during the next meeting some of the existing rough edges can be ironed out.