Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Russia Erupts in Fury Over Biden’s Calling Putin a Killer

It appears that the main foreign policy difference between Democrats and Republicans is that Democrats prefer a US-dominated multilateral liberal internationalism, while Republicans favor US unilateralism within a neoconservative or neo-realist framework. Republicans are more concerned about keeping China in its place as a potential economic rival and East Asian naval power, while Democrats are more concerned about nations that resist incorporation into the neoliberal order generally like Russia, Syria, and the DPRK. The Democrats are also more concerned about exploiting China as a de facto economic colony. The Republicans have more direct connections to the Israeli and Saudi “hard right” so they’re more openly hostile to Iran while to Democrats Iran is just another in a list of nations they hate. Of course, there is plenty of overlap and many areas of agreement between the two. In fact, they generally agree most of the time.

New York Times

The Kremlin described the U.S. president’s response to an interview question as “very bad,” and recalled its ambassador to “analyze what needs to be done” about the countries’ relations.

MOSCOW — Russia recalled its ambassador to the United States and unleashed a storm of derision aimed at President Biden after he said in a television interview that he thought President Vladimir V. Putin was a killer.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said late Wednesday that it had summoned its envoy in Washington, Anatoly I. Antonov, to Moscow “in order to analyze what needs to be done in the context of relations with the United States.”

“We are interested in preventing an irreversible deterioration in relations, if the Americans become aware of the risks associated with this,” the Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria V. Zakharova, said in a statement.

Ms. Zakharova did not specify whether a specific event had prompted the decision to recall Mr. Antonov, but the rare move came as Russian officials reacted with fury to an interview with Mr. Biden aired by ABC News. In the interview, when asked whether he thought Mr. Putin was a “killer,” Mr. Biden responded: “Mmm hmm, I do.”

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