Putin noted that US threats of hack attacks do not correspond to the norms of international relations.
“The only novelty is that for the first time, on the highest level, the United States has admitted involvement in these activities, and to some extent threatened [us] – which of course does not meet the standards of international communication,” the Russian leader said.
“Apparently, they are nervous,” he added.
“One can expect just about anything from our American friends. After all, what did he (Biden) say that we didn’t already know? Didn’t we know that US authorities are spying and eavesdropping on everyone?”
These activities are “well known to everyone, it’s no secret,” Putin added.
Washington attempts to distract attention from domestic problems by portraying Russia as an enemy, Putin said, adding that during the US election campaign, Russian-American relations are sacrificed.
Russia does not want confrontation with the US, but it is up to our partners to decide, he said.
“We do not know what will happen after the US elections, but welcome everyone who wants to work with us,” he said.
Speaking about the US election campaign, Putin noted that it is “harmful and counterproductive” to “sacrifice US-Russian relations in the course of internal political events in America.” This has all happened before, Putin noted.
“Analyze all previous election campaigns [in the US] – it all repeats over and over again, like I’ve said. And then we have people whispering to us, ‘Oh, wait, wait, it’ll be over soon, things will go back to normal,’” Putin said.
“It’s not even funny anymore. But if someone wants a confrontation – this is not our choice, and it means that there will be some problems. We don’t want that. We would like, on the contrary, to seek common ground and work together to solve global problems faced by both Russia and the United States, along with the whole world,” Putin concluded.
Russia is not going to influence the election campaign in the United States, because it does not know what will happen after the elections.
“I hope that after the election period in the US, there will be a chance to restore relations between Moscow and Washington,” Putin said.
US-Russia relations didn’t deteriorate because of Syria, Putin said.
“You think our relations with the United States changed because of Syria? No, not because of Syria, but because of attempts of one side to impose its decisions on the whole world.”
Moscow is permanently in touch with the Obama administration, though all contacts continue in all directions, he added.