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  • U.S. President Joe Biden has said Russian President Vladimir Putin will face consequences for directing efforts to sway voters in the 2020 U.S. presidential election
  • A report from U.S. intelligence agencies released on Tuesday added to claims that Putin was behind Moscow’s election interference
  • Despite the threats, Biden added that “there’s places where it’s in our mutual interest to work together”
  • Biden also said he believed Putin did not have a soul, responding “I do” when asked if he though the Russian leader was a killer

U.S. President Joe Biden has said Russian President Vladimir Putin will face consequences for directing efforts to sway voters in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

“He will pay a price,” Biden said in an interview aired on ABC News on Wednesday. When asked what those consequences would be, he said, “You’ll see shortly.”

A report from U.S. intelligence agencies released on Tuesday added to claims that Putin was behind Moscow’s election interference, allegations that Russia has rejected as baseless.

U.S. intelligence agencies and former Special Counsel Robert Mueller previously concluded that Russia had similarly interfered in the 2016 U.S. election, boosting Trump’s run with propaganda aimed at harming his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

In addition to the revelations regarding Putin and Russia, the report also found other attempts by foreign entities to sway American voters in 2020, including a “multi-pronged covert influence campaign” by Iran designed to undercut Trump.

But despite the threats, Biden added that “there’s places where it’s in our mutual interest to work together,” like renewing the START nuclear agreement, which seeks to limit the number of nuclear missiles and warheads the U.S. and Russia can deploy.

“I know him relatively well,” he continued.

“The most important thing dealing with foreign leaders in my experience … is just know the other guy.”

Nevertheless, Biden said he believed Putin did not have a soul and responded “I do” when asked if he though the Russian leader was a killer.

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