US President Joe Biden tells ABC News in an interview that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “soulless … killer” and will face consequences for directing efforts to swing the 2020 US presidential election for Donald Trump.

US President Joe Biden walks to board Marine One as he leaves the White House for Pennsylvania to promote his Covid-19 relief plan on March 16, 2021 in Washington, DC.
US President Joe Biden walks to board Marine One as he leaves the White House for Pennsylvania to promote his Covid-19 relief plan on March 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. (AFP)

President Joe Biden has said Russian President Vladimir Putin will face consequences for directing efforts to swing the 2020 US presidential election to Donald Trump, and that they would come soon.

"He will pay a price," Biden told ABC News in an interview that aired on Wednesday. Asked what the consequences would come, he said "you'll see shortly".

His comments come after a US intelligence report on Tuesday bolstered longstanding allegations that Putin was behind Moscow's election interference, an accusation Russia called baseless.

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Putin a 'killer'

At the same time, Biden noted that "there's places where it's in our mutual interest to work together", such as renewing the START nuclear agreement, adding that the two leaders have a known history.

"I know him relatively well," Biden said, adding that "the most important thing dealing with foreign leaders in my experience ... is just know the other guy".

Of Putin, Biden said he does not think the Russian leader has a soul. Asked if he thought Putin was a killer, he told ABC: "I do."

The speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament denounced Biden for agreeing with an assessment that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is a "killer."

"Biden insulted the citizens of our country with his statement," State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin wrote on his Telegram channel, adding that attacks on Putin are "attacks on our country".

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies