Forgotten, Vladimir Poutine the “killer”. Joe Biden proposed Tuesday to his Russian counterpart to organize a summit meeting “in a third country” in “the coming months” in order to “build a stable and predictable relationship with Russia”, announced the services of the two heads of ‘State.
In a new telephone conversation, the President of the United States notably expressed his “concern about the sudden accumulation of Russian troops in occupied Crimea and on the Ukrainian border”, calling on “Russia to lower tensions”, he added. the White House said in a statement. “President Biden underlined the unwavering support of the United States for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”, explained his services, while the head of the American diplomacy Antony Blinken is in Brussels to discuss this dossier with his Ukrainian counterpart and with the European and NATO allies.
Russia agrees to “continue dialogue”
The Kremlin, which did not say whether the Russian president had accepted Joe Biden’s proposal to meet, confirmed that the two men had raised the Ukrainian issue and indicated that they had agreed to “continue the dialogue” to ensure the global security.
The American president also “made it clear that the United States would act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to Russia’s actions, such as cyber attacks or electoral interference,” according to his administration’s statement.
“We are not looking for a relationship of trust, but rather predictability and stability,” summed up spokesperson Jen Psaki. Such a lasting relationship would allow “a strategic dialogue” on arms control or security issues, “in accordance with American interests,” said the White House.
Relations between Moscow and Washington are at an all-time low, weighed down by disagreements over a number of issues from Ukraine to Syria, accusations of electoral interference, espionage and cyber attacks. Last month, Joe Biden called Vladimir Putin a “killer” in an interview. To which the person concerned replied by: “It is the one who says it who is.”
The last leader of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, who helped break relations with Washington from the deadlock in the 1980s, on Tuesday hailed a possible summit between the two presidents. “This is the only way to start building bilateral relations in a new way,” he said, quoted by Russian news agency Interfax.