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Kremlin: Biden encouraging hatred of Russia

Kremlin: Biden encouraging hatred of Russia
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A Kremlin spokesperson accused Joe BidenJoe Biden 64 percent of Iowans say 'time for someone else' to hold Grassley's Senate seat: poll Philadelphia shooting leaves 2 dead, injures toddler Ron Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin MORE on Monday of spreading "hatred" against Russia after the former vice president said the nation represents a greater national security threat to the U.S. than China.

Reuters reported that Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russian officials "absolutely do not agree" with Biden's remarks on "60 Minutes" on Sunday.

“We can only regret that absolute hatred of the Russian Federation is spread in this way," said Peskov.

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Biden told CBS's Norah O'Donnell that Russia is actively working to break up U.S. alliances around the world, though he added that China is the U.S.'s greatest economic competition.

"Well, I think the biggest threat to America right now in terms of breaking up our, our security and our alliances is Russia," Biden said. "Secondly, I think that the biggest competitor is China. And depending on how we handle that will determine whether we're competitors or we end up being in a more serious competition relating to force."

Peskov also reportedly dismissed U.S. claims of ongoing Russian attempts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election during Monday's press call.

Moscow has frequently denied meddling in U.S. elections, though a U.S. intelligence community assessment in 2017 found that "Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Joe Biden the statesman Biden's summit with Putin is a good start MORE ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S presidential election."

Biden's campaign did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.