Joe Biden’s interview with Vladimir Putin

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin started a video-link conversation after 4 p.m. It takes place at a time of weeks of increasing tensions related to the concentration of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine. This is the fourth interview between the two presidents since Biden’s election victory.

In the afternoon of Polish time, a conversation began in the form of a videoconference between the presidents of the United States and Russia, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. The estimated duration of the interview – closed to the press – is unknown. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed on Monday that there would be no broadcast. – I think we will show the very beginning – quoted the TASS agency. Peskov also said that the conversation was expected to be long.

There are also no plans for any of the leaders to speak at the end of the talks. Before the interview, both sides signaled that no breakthrough should be expected. Biden is to warn Putin that the new aggression against Ukraine will come with painful sanctions against Russia.

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State television Rossija24 showed the beginning of the talks. The shots show that Putin spoke first, addressing Biden: – Hello, Mr. President. You could see the screen with Biden sitting behind the desk. Both leaders waved to each other.

– Hello, good to see you again. Hope to see you in person next time, ‘said Biden, according to a video published by RIA Nowosti and also broadcast by CNN. So far, the only direct meeting of the two leaders was the June summit in Geneva.

Biden’s video interview with Putinkremlin.ru

The main topic of the talks is the tensions around Ukraine, at the borders of which about 100,000 Russian soldiers have been concentrated. The West fears that this is a harbinger of Russian aggression. Moscow denies that it has any plans for a military attack on Poland’s eastern neighbor. At the same time, the Russian authorities are demanding guarantees that NATO will not expand eastwards, that is, Ukraine will not join the North Atlantic Alliance.

Consultation with allies

In the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s conversation, the director of the CIA and former US ambassador to Moscow Bill Burns visited Moscow, but his warnings were to be ignored. Representatives of the Biden administration, including the head of diplomacy Antony Blinken and the president himself, also held a series of talks with allies, agreeing joint potential sanctions against Russia and showing joint support for Ukraine.

On Monday, Biden held talks with the leaders of Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy, Blinken spoke with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. However, he did not consult with Warsaw, among others. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, consulted with his NATO counterparts.

Biden consults with allies before talking to Putin.  Report from the TVN24 BiS studio

Biden consults with allies before talking to Putin. Report from the TVN24 BiS studioTVN24 BiS

Main photo source: kremlin.ru

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