Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday mocked his US counterpart Joe Biden, escalating a war of words between the two world leaders.
Putin said “it takes one to know one” after Biden, a day earlier, said he thought the Russian leader was a “killer”.
Putin on Thursday retorted: “I remember, in my childhood, when we argued in the courtyard, we used to say: ‘It takes one to know one.’ And that’s not a coincidence, not just a children’s saying or joke.
“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.
Following Biden’s interview, Russia said it was recalling its ambassador to the United States for urgent consultations over the future of US-Russia ties.
Joe Biden has been in office for just two months. Has any US president had such a disastrous opening chapter on the world stage?
Other leaders, including China’s Xi and North Korea’s Kim have also made relatively mocking comments about Biden’s propensity for falling up stairs.
This week, in a first meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken sat down to read China the riot act. Blinken spoke of the US ‘deep concern’ over Chinas actions with regard to Hong Kong, Taiwan, its bullying of various European countries, and its campaign of cyber attacks against the US. Said Blinken, these actions threaten ‘the rules-based order that maintains global stability’.
Chines envoy Yang, speaking through a translator, replied: ‘You can’t blame this problem on somebody else.’ The United States, said Yang, slapped down the Biden Administration, saying it does not have the ‘qualifications’ to address China ‘from a position of strength’.