Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures at a party meeting. File photo
US President Biden's comments sparked the biggest crisis between Russia and the United States in years, with Moscow recalling its ambassador for consultations and warning that ties were on the brink of outright "collapse", according to AFP.
But speaking during an event marking seven years since Russia's annexation of Crimea, Putin ruled out severing ties with the United States altogether and lobbed a jab at the 78-year-old US leader.
US President Joe Biden talks at the event. File photo
"We always see in another person our own qualities and think that he is the same as us," Putin said, referring to Biden's "killer" comment.
"It takes one to know one," Putin added, citing a saying from his Soviet-era childhood in Saint Petersburg.
Putin added that he wished Biden health. "I'm saying this without irony, not as a joke."
Later on Thursday, Putin invited Biden to hold a live online conversation either on Friday or Monday.
He said it would be an "open direct discussion" that would be "interesting" for the people of Russia and the United States.
In the interview with ABC News on Wednesday, Biden said Putin would "pay a price" for trying to undermine his candidacy in the US election in 2020.
Asked if he thought Putin was "a killer", Biden replied: "I do."
The treaty limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads deployed by the United States and Russia to 1,550 each as well as the number of land- and submarine-based missiles and bombers that deliver them.
The Kremlin had said it would wait for the official results of the election before commenting on its outcome, even as other nations congratulated Biden on the win in the days after the Nov.3 vote.
The US government blacklisted Russian companies, expelled Russian diplomats and barred US banks from buying sovereign bonds from Russia's central bank, national wealth fund and finance ministry.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan is meeting with his Russian counterpart in Geneva, the proposed host city, this week to finalize details, according to one official familiar with the preliminary planning but not authorised to discuss the deliberations publicly.
Police inspector Rajiv Singh said that last week the gang stole 16 idols from the 300-year-old temple of Lord Balaji — an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu — police said.
Sheikh Mohamed accepted the condolences of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey; Sadyr Japarov, President of the Kyrgyz Republic; and Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, over the passing of the late Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed said on Twitter, “With his enduring wisdom and generosity, my brother Khalifa Bin Zayed was the heart of our family and the guardian of our nation."