First published: February 6, 2017, 11:07 PM IST | Updated: 7 mins ago
File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin (PHOTO: REUTERS)
Moscow: Moscow expects an apology from Fox News after host Bill OReilly called Russian President Vladimir Putin “a killer”. The controversial term was used to question US President Donald Trumps intention to work more closely with Russia.
“We consider the words of the Fox News host unacceptable and insulting,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. “We would prefer to receive an apology to the Russian President from a respected TV station like that.”
O’Reilly labelled Putin “a killer” during an interview with Trump, in which they discussed the Republican’s numerous statements on his willingness to work with Russia to jointly deal with issues such as terrorism.
Trump shrugged off the comment, saying: “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country is so innocent?”
Trump did not name specific US officials or officials among Washington’s allies as killers, but mentioned the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 as an example of why he did not consider America to be innocent. “A lot of people were killed” there, he said.