'Cold','not well informed','killer': US presidents on Putin

Paris (AFP) – After US President Joe Biden brands Vladimir Putin a “killer” who will “pay the price” for interfering in US elections, we look at what his predecessors thought of the Russian president. Clinton: Cold and toughUS president Bill Clinton said he hung up after congratulating Putin on becoming acting Russian president in 1999 “thinking he was tough enough to hold Russia together.” Clinton, who had a warm rapport with Putin’s mentor Boris Yeltsin, found him cold but wrote in his memoirs that “Yeltsin had picked a successor who had the skills and capacity… to manage Russia’s turbulen…

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