Europe 1 with AFP 11:27 a.m., February 22, 2024

“Shameful”: a few hours after the media release of American President Joe Biden calling Vladimir Putin a “crazy bastard”, the Kremlin reacted.

In a video broadcast on Thursday, the spokesperson for the Russian government described such comments as shameful. 

The Kremlin spokesperson deemed “shameful” the comments of American President Joe Biden who described Vladimir Putin as a “crazy bastard” during a meeting with Democratic Party donors.

"It is a huge shame for (...) the United States. If the president of such a country uses such lexicon, it is necessarily shameful," said Dmitri Peskov, in a video broadcast Thursday by a journalist for Russian public television.

“A Hollywood cowboy”

“Such rude statements are not capable of hurting the leader of another state, let alone President Putin,” he also said.

“It is clear that Joe Biden, for the benefit of national political interests, displays behavior in the style of a Hollywood cowboy. He would like that to be the case. I do not think that is possible,” added Dmitry Peskov.

Joe Biden made the statements Wednesday during a meeting in San Francisco, California, with Democratic Party donors.

"The existential threat is climate change. There's that crazy bastard Putin, and others, and you always have to worry about nuclear war, but the existential threat to humanity , it’s climate change,” said the 81-year-old Democratic president, candidate for a second term.

An insult in three letters

In English, he used the three letters "SOB", a shortcut for "son of a bitch", an insult translatable into French as "bastard", "asshole", even "son of a bitch".

He also attacked former President Donald Trump, who will in all probability be his opponent in November, and his reaction to the death in prison of Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny.