Russia recalled its ambassador to the U.S. on Wednesday, and while Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova did not provide specific motives for the move, she said that Russia's relations with America are in a "difficult state" and that the U.S. had brought them "to a dead-end in recent years."
"We are interested in preventing their irreversible degradation, if the Americans are aware of the associated risks," Zakharova said, according to the Epoch Times.
The recall comes on the heels of an ABC News interview in which President Biden said that Russian President Vladimir Putin "will pay a price" after the American intelligence community put out a report stating that the Russian leader authorized intelligence operations related to the 2020 U.S. election.
"We assess that Russian President Putin authorized, and a range of Russian government organizations conducted, influence operations aimed at denigrating President Biden's candidacy and the Democratic Party, supporting former President Trump, undermining public confidence in the electoral process, and exacerbating sociopolitical divisions in the US," the report states.
Biden said during the interview that he had spoken to Putin: "If I establish this occurred, then be prepared," Biden said that he told the Russian president.
When Biden was asked if he believes that the Russian president is a killer, Biden responded that he does believe that.
The Kremlin has pushed back against the intelligence report: "The conclusions of the report on Russia conducting influence operations in America are confirmed solely by the confidence of the intelligence services of their self-righteousness. No facts or specific evidence of such claims were provided,” a statement said, according to the Epoch Times.