It appears as though the Cold War is back this week, in a big way, as Russia and the United States bang heads once again.
US President Joe Biden has been furious with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the course of the last several weeks, as the Kremlin continues to flout the international community by holding a journalist in deplorable conditions in a remote prison camp, and moving a number of military assets in place for what appears to be an imminent conflict with Ukraine.
This is, of course, on top of a number of continuing cybercrimes that Putin and his thugs have consistently been engaged in.
It was that latter matter that prompted Biden to issue sanctions against Russia – something that the Kremlin appears to be furious about.
Russian officials are threatening to retaliate for sanctions the U.S. is reportedly planning to implement against the country in the coming days.
The Kremlin on Thursday called any new U.S. sanctions “illegal” and warned they would decrease the likelihood of a meeting between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“We condemn any intentions to impose sanctions, consider them illegal, and in any case the principle of reciprocity operates in this area,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to Reuters.
For better or for worse, Joe Biden’s relationship with Putin has not been as chummy as his predecessor Donald Trump’s, and it doesn’t appear as though that’s going to be changing anytime soon.