Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes that such comments on the Russian leader from President Biden are not appropriate for a U.S. president to make. 

“Mr. Biden’s statements about Mr. Putin are not fitting of a president, and a president coming out and using such remarks against the president of a country like Russia is truly unacceptable, not something that can be stomached,” Erdogan rebuked.

During an interview with George Stephanopoulos, on Wednesday, March 17, Biden threatened Putin and compared him to a terrorist without a conscience when they discussed a report that accused the Russian leader of having approved the meddling in the presidential election last November.

After calling Putin “a killer,” the president continued on with he “will pay a price,” indicating that sanctions are expected to be imposed on Russia as soon as next week. 

Putin responded to these remarks by mentioning a Russian children’s rhyme that says “whoever calls names gets called those names.” If translated in English, it is “it takes one to know one.” This move impressed Erdogan, “In my opinion, Mr. Putin has done what is necessary by giving a very, very smart and elegant answer.”

Russia recalled its U.S. ambassador just hours after Biden’s interview with Stephanopoulos in which he threatened Putin on air. This is a hint that relations between the United States and Russia are compromised after the criticisms. 

Biden also received an invitation from the Russian leader to a live virtual debate on either Friday or Monday. He surmised that this conversation in front of both Russians and Americans would be “interesting.”

It is very apparent that Biden’s careless choice of words has resulted in Turkey, a NATO ally to turn away from the United States and defend Russia. 

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