Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country’s relationship with the United States was at its “lowest point” before he met Joe Biden.
In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Mr. Putin said: “We have a bilateral relationship which has deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years.”
The two leaders will meet in the Swiss city of Geneva on June 16.
Mr Putin described former US President Donald Trump as “an extraordinary, talented individual, otherwise he would not have become President of the United States.”
He added: “He’s a colorful individual. You may like him or not. And, but he is not from the American establishment, he had never been in big politics before, and some like it, others don’t like it but it’s a fact. “
Mr. Putin, however, described Mr. Biden as “radically different from Trump because President Biden is a career man.”
“He has spent most of his adult life in politics. “
“He’s a different type of person, and I sincerely hope there are pros, cons, but there will be no impulsive moves on behalf of the sitting US president.”
Asked whether Mr Biden called him a killer in an interview in March, Mr Putin said he had heard dozens of similar accusations, adding: “It’s not something that I worries the least. “
Mr Biden arrived in the UK at the end of last week and has spent the last few days in Cornwall meeting other G7 leaders.
Before the summit, he said: “We are not seeking to enter into conflict with Russia”.
“We want a stable and predictable relationship … but I have been clear: the United States will respond in a strong and meaningful way if the Russian government engages in harmful activities.”
Mr Putin was questioned by NBC about several Russian dissidents who were killed under suspicious circumstances, including former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko who was poisoned in 2006.
Mr Litvinenko’s death is one of a number of apparent murders attributed to Moscow, but Mr Putin called the issue “verbal indigestion”, adding that some of those responsible for the deaths are in prison.
See more of the exclusive interview on NBC, MSNBC and NBCNews.com Monday, as well as here on Sky News.