Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting via a video conference on Wednesday. Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik / Reuters
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he had noted what he called harsh anti-Russian rhetoric from U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, but that he had been encouraged by Biden’s comments on arms control.
Putin, who said Russia would work with any U.S. president, made the comments during an appearance on state television.
Biden is campaigning against Republican incumbent Donald Trump for the presidential election on Nov. 3.
“As far as the candidate from the Democratic Party is concerned … we also see quite sharp anti-Russian rhetoric. Unfortunately, we are used to to this,” Putin said.
WNU Editor: The sentiment that I am getting from my contacts in Russia and from what I am reading and watching in the Russian news media is that the Kremlin is getting ready for a Biden Presidency. They see this development as both a plus and a minus. On the one hand a Biden Presidency is committed to imposing restrictions on US fracking and oil/gas production that will result in higher energy prices and a boost in revenues for the Russian government. A Democrat administration may also limit the defense budget. On the other-hand there will be an increase in tensions between the US and Russia over disputes like Ukraine, Libya, and Syria. I also do not believe there will be any breakthroughs on arms control with a Biden administration, contrary to the above Reuters reporting.