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Russia announced, on Wednesday, that its ambassador to the United States will be summoned for consultations, in light of tension in relations between Washington and Moscow on a number of issues.

A Russian Foreign Ministry statement said that Moscow had summoned Ambassador Anatoly Antonov “to consult in order to analyze what should be done and the purpose of relations with the United States.”

A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said that “Moscow wants to determine ways to correct relations,” which she described as “going through a difficult stage” between Russia and the United States.

She added that Moscow wanted to avoid an “irreversible deterioration” in relations with Washington.

The Russian move came after the US President described his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, as a “murderer” who would pay the price for his actions.

His comments came after a US intelligence report released on Tuesday backed long-standing accusations that Putin was behind Moscow’s interference in the elections, which Russia said was unfounded.

At the same time, Biden noted that “there are areas in which it is in our common interest to cooperate”, such as renewing the START nuclear treaty, adding that the two leaders have a known history.

“I know him relatively well,” he said, adding that “the most important thing when dealing with foreign leaders according to my experience … is just getting to know the other man.”

Biden said he did not think the leader of Russia had a heart, and when asked during the interview if he believed Putin had fought, he said, “I think so.”

For his part, the State Duma Speaker affirmed that “Biden’s statements against Putin are an insult to Russian citizens and only express (impotence hysteria),” noting that Biden’s attack on Putin is an attack on Russia.

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