Putin argues ‘it takes one to know one’ after President Biden calls him a killer

A dangerous war of words has broken out between arguably the two most powerful men on the planet.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin may well be 68 years old but that does not mean he has forgotten how to bring out some classic old school playground banter when necessary.

The animosity between the Americans and the Russians is well known but the stakes were raised further recently when President Biden described President Putin as a "killer".

Biden was responding to a question from ABC News in which he was asked if Putin was a killer.

Not one to shy away from speaking his mind Biden replied: "I do."

And it seemed the response rattled the Russian president who promptly recalled his Washington ambassador for consultations, reports the Mirror.

Putin said that every state had to contend with "bloody events" and added Biden was accusing the Russian leader of something he was guilty of himself.

"I remember in my childhood, when we argued in the courtyard with each other we used to say: it takes one to know one.

"And that's not a coincidence, not just a children's saying or joke. The psychological meaning here is very deep," Putin said.

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"We always see our own traits in other people and think they are like how we really are. And as a result we assess (a person's) activities and give assessments," he said.

Putin proposed they had another conversation, on Friday or Monday, to be held by video-link and broadcast live.

"I want to offer President Biden to continue our discussion but on the condition that we do it live, online, without any delays but in an open, direct discussion," Putin said, asked in a television interview about Biden's comments.

The two leaders last spoke by telephone on January 26, soon after Biden took office.

In his comments, Biden also described Putin as having no soul and said he would pay a price for alleged Russian meddling in the November 2020 US presidential election – which the Kremlin denies.

Russia is preparing to be hit by a new round of U.S. sanctions in the coming days over that alleged meddling as well as over an alleged hack.

Sounds like a good old fashioned thumb war may be the best way to settle this. Best out of three.

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