Biden proposed summit with Putin in a third country to fully discuss the issues facing the US and Russia.
US President Joseph Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Friday and Biden proposed a future summit between the two leaders, as the new US administration seeks a connection. a more constructive relationship with Moscow.
“They discussed a number of regional and global issues, including the intention of the United States and Russia to pursue a dialogue of strategic stability over a range of arms control and emerging security issues,” The White House said in a statement.
The Kremlin said in a separate statement that Biden told Putin that the US President wants to normalize bilateral relations and cooperation on arms control, Iran’s, Afghanistan’s nuclear program and climate change. , Reuters reported.
The White House said Biden told Putin he wanted to build on the deal he reached with Putin in January to extend New START Treaty, limited strategic nuclear weapons for the next 5 years.
At the same time, the US President warned the Russian leader that the US would react Russian cyber attacksThe White House said election interference and military operations in Ukraine.
“President Biden has also made it clear that the United States will act resolutely to protect its national interests from Russian actions, such as cyber intrusions and election interference,” the US statement of call.
“President Biden stressed the United States’ steadfast commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The President voiced our concerns about the sudden Russian military building in the occupied Crimea and on Ukraine’s borders, at the same time calling on Russia to de-escalate tensions, ”the White House said.
The Kremlin confirmed that Mr. Biden had proposed a high-level meeting with Putin, but did not say how the Russian leader responded to the request, Reuters said.
Biden proposed a summit in a third country in the coming months to discuss the full range of issues facing the US and Russia, Biden said.
The Kremlin said the call took place on Washington’s initiative and Putin explained his views on eastern Ukraine, where the smoldering conflict was escalating.
Mr. Biden reaffirmed his goal of building a stable and predictable relationship with Russia, in accordance with American interests, on the US side.
“Our approach to our relationship with Russia is one where we certainly expect the relationship to remain a challenge,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said today. Tuesday.
“We hope to continue to have difficult conversations. We are prepared to deal with those things, but our goal is to have a stable and predictable relationship with Russia, ”Psaki told reporters at the White House.
Formal summits between the US and Russia have been limited to a term of every four years for the US leader in the recent past.
Putin and former US President Donald Trump held one the summit in Helsinki, Finland, in 2018. Former President Barack Obama met with former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2010. Former President George W Bush met Putin twice in 2005 and 2001.