Biden says Putin made ‘ridiculous comparison’ of BLM and dissidents


US President Joe Biden holds a press conference after the US-Russia summit in Geneva (Picture: Getty Images)

US President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin made a ‘ridiculous comparison’ by invoking Black Lives Matter protests and the Capitol riot when asked about his treatment of dissidents.

Biden addressed the press after Putin spoke in a separate news conference following the two presidents’ four-hour summit at Villa La Grange in Geneva.

In his press conference, Putin dismissed questions about treatment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

‘America just recently had very severe events after well-known events, after a killing of an African American, and an entire movement developed known as Black Lives Matter,’ Putin said. ‘What we saw was disorder, destruction, violations of the law, etcetera. We feel sympathy for the United States of America, but we don’t want that to happen on our territory, and we’re doing our utmost in order to not allow it to happen.’

Putin also suggested that the US was silencing its dissidents by pointing to arrests in the Capitol riot.

‘As for who is killing whom or are throwing whom in jail, people came to the US Congress with political demands,’ Putin said. ‘Over 400 people had criminal charges placed on them. They face prison sentences of up to 28, maybe even 25 years. They’re being called domestic terrorists.’

Putin then brought up, without naming her, Ashli Babbitt, the woman who was fatally shot during the January 6 riot after climbing into the Capitol despite warnings.

‘One person was simply shot on the spot by the police, although they were not threatening the police with any weapons. In many countries, the same thing happens that happens in our country,’ Putin said. ‘I’d like to stress once more that we sympathize with what happened in the United States, but we have no desire to allow the same thing to happen in our country.‘

Shortly after in his own press conference outside his hotel, Biden was asked to comment on Putin being asked about human rights and bringing up Black Lives Matter and the January 6 insurrection.

‘My response is kind of what I communicated – that I think that’s a ridiculous comparison,’ Biden said.

He continued: ‘It’s one thing for literally criminals to break through cordon, go into the Capitol, kill a police officer and be held unaccountable, than it is for people marching on a capitol and saying you are not allowing them to speak freely, you are not allowing them to do A, B, C, or D, so they are very different criteria.’

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