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Russia recalled its US ambassador from Washington after President Joe Biden said he believed President Vladimir Putin is a “killer” in a TV interview.

Asking an ambassador to leave is a form of diplomatic snub meant to express annoyance with the host country.

A Wednesday statement from Russia’s foreign ministry did not explicitly refer to Biden or his comments,  but said Ambassador Anatoly Antonov was coming back to prevent “an irreversible deterioration in relations.”

In an interview aired Wednesday, Biden told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos he agreed with the idea Putin is a “killer” and that Russia will “pay a price” for attempting to meddle in the 2020 US election. He also described Putin as having no soul.

Russia is expected to release a formal reaction to Biden’s interview on Thursday, Reuters reported. 

The interview followed the Tuesday release of a report from the National Intelligence Council (NIC) which found Russia had attempted…

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