Russia’s Vladimir Putin Says He Has Noted Joe Biden’s ‘Sharp Anti-Russian Rhetoric’

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he had noted what he called harsh anti-Russian rhetoric from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, but that he had been encouraged by Biden’s comments on arms control.

Putin made the comments during an appearance on state television channel Rossiya-24 on his birthday. He turned 68 on Wednesday.

Biden is campaigning against Republican incumbent Donald Trump for the presidential election on Nov. 3. But he added that Biden had made what he regarded as encouraging statements on New START, the last major nuclear arms pact between Russia and the United States, which is due to expire in February. Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump responded to reports that intelligence officials believe Russia is using a variety of measures to discredit and denigrate former vice-president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden ahead of the presidential election

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