Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir PutinREUTERS

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Russian media about his preferred candidate in the 2024 US elections.

He stated that he would prefer incumbent President Joe Biden to continue his tenure, noting that Biden was more experienced and "from the old school of politics."

He also stated, “Russia will work with any leader that earns the trust of the American public.” His statement comes only a day after Biden accused Trump of “bowing down to a Russian dictator” by encouraging Republicans to vote against aid to Ukraine.

Regarding Biden's age and mental competency, Putin stated: “This criticism is growing more and more unforgiving” and claimed that he did not see any evidence that Biden was unfit to continue to serve. He would later mention his last meeting with Biden, at the end of 2021, and said, “They told me that Biden was unfit to serve, but I did not see any such evidence. Perhaps he did look at a written list, and to be honest, I did too. It's not such a big deal. Perhaps he did hit his head on the way out of the helicopter - but haven't we all hit our head on something?”

Throughout former US President Donald Trump's presidency, his critics claimed that he maintained close ties with Moscow. American intelligence estimated that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election to support Trump.