Russia recalls US envoy over Biden comment

Russia has called its ambassador to the United States back to Moscow for consultations on the future of US-Russia ties after US President Joe Biden said Vladimir Putin would “pay a price” for alleged election meddling.

Biden made his comments after a US intelligence report allegations that Putin was behind Russia’s election interference in the United States, an accusation officials in Moscow call baseless.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it had called its ambassador, Anatoly Antonov, back to Moscow to discuss the future of Russia’s relationship with the United States.

The new US administration has been in office for nearly two months now, and “this is a good reason to assess what the Biden team succeeds in doing and what it does not,” it said.

The move was designed to ensure bilateral ties did not degrade irreparably, the ministry said.

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