President Joe Biden spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin
Putin says “he who said it, did it” after Biden calls Russian president a “killer”
During the conversation, the President touched upon the extension of the START, the fate of Navalny and the Russian aggression against Ukraine
US President Joe Biden spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. This was Biden’s first conversation with a Russian leader since the new president took office..
The telephone conversation between the Daumya presidents was reported by White House press secretary Jen Psaki during a daily briefing. Earlier, President Biden promised to radically adjust the US policy towards Russia.
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As Psaki noted, during the conversation, President Biden expressed concern about a number of steps by the Russian authorities, including the imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny..
According to Psaki, among the issues raised during the conversation was Biden’s proposal to extend the START-3 treaty for five years..
She also noted that the President expressed strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty in the face of ongoing Russian aggression..
During his interview with Putin, Biden also expressed his concerns about large-scale cyberattacks on SolarWinds software, which Russia is behind, as well as reports that Russians have offered rewards to the Taliban for killing American troops in Afghanistan..
In doing so, Biden is seeking to revive relations between the United States and its NATO allies. During a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, which also took place on Tuesday morning, the head of the White House stressed that Washington remains ready to abide by the NATO mutual defense treaty..
“The President thanked the Secretary General (NATO) for his confident leadership of the Alliance and announced his intention to consult and work with allies on the entire spectrum of common security issues, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Russia,” the White House said in a statement..
White House Statement
An official statement posted on the White House website said: “President Joseph Biden spoke today with Russian President Vladimir Putin. They discussed the readiness of both countries to extend the treaty on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive arms, START III, by five years, agreeing that the (American and Russian) teams urgently reach an agreement on the extension of the treaty no later than February 5.
They also agreed to discuss strategic stability on a range of arms control and emerging security issues. President Biden reaffirmed that the United States expresses strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty. He also raised other issues of concern to him, including the SolarWinds hack, reports that Russia had promised rewards for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan, (Russian) meddling in the 2020 U.S. elections and the poisoning of Alexei Navalny..
President Biden has made it clear that the United States will act firmly to protect its national interests in response to Russian actions that harm us or our allies. The two presidents agreed to maintain a transparent and consistent dialogue in the future “.
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