On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended Hunter Biden and his past business involvement with Ukraine and Russia, according to Reuters. US President Donald Trump has focused on these business dealings to cast doubt on his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden. Putin's defense of Biden's business dealings is ironic considering how much Trump's alleged relationship with the Russian President has become such a focus for Democrats over the past four years.
Putin has praised Trump in the past because the president has said he wants to have better ties with Russia, and he has also been critical of Biden over the anti-Russia tone taken by him and the Democrats since the 2016 election. So far, despite the extensive talk about allegations against Hunter Biden, the source of the information remains dubious and the content has not been proven or verified.
While speaking on Russian state TV on Sunday, Putin's rhetoric towards Biden has toned down a bit, while his attitude towards Trump became a bit harsher.
“Yes, in Ukraine he (Hunter Biden) had or maybe still has a business, I don’t know. It doesn’t concern us. It concerns the Americans and the Ukrainians,” said Putin.
“But well yes he had at least one company, which he practically headed up, and judging from everything he made good money. I don’t see anything criminal about this, at least we don’t know anything about this (being criminal),” He added.
Putin was also upset about comments that Trump made in regard to the former mayor of Moscow and Putin's relationship with him. Trump accused the ex-mayor's widow of making a payment to Hunter Biden, but Putin says that he has no knowledge of any relationship between Hunter and the ex-mayor's widow. Joe Biden has denied the allegations against his son.
These new comments from Putin turn the tables a bit, by at the very least showing that both presidential candidates have business involvements all over the world. However, this is really not that uncommon. Typically, the type of people who rise through the political system and become a presidential candidate do all sorts of international business. As with most political matchups, there are plenty of reasons to dislike either candidate, but the hyper-focus on Russia that media outlets in the United States have taken in the past several years is extremely irresponsible, and it is created the environment for a new cold war.
Russia has been accused of interfering with elections in the United States, but the US military has a long and established history of influencing elections and other foreign affairs, and they don't just buy social media ads, they take military action and overthrow democratically elected governments so the country is more friendly to western corporations and other western interests. Of course, China and Russia do this to some degree as well, these are typical games that are played by empires. It is a problem, but this is not a problem that is specific to Russia, and the United States is not innocent in this matter either.