Biden said he was considering the possibility of a summit with Putin According to the US President, “there is such a possibility.” He added that he considers three rounds of negotiations with Russian representatives on security guarantees to be fruitless. jpg” alt=”Biden calls summit with Putin possible” />
U.S. President Joe Biden said at a press conference that he considers it possible to hold a new summit with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
“Yes, I still believe that such a possibility exists,” — he said, commenting on a series of consultations with representatives of the two countries on the situation around Ukraine.
At the same time, the American president added that, in his opinion, the three meetings with Russia on security issues that took place in early January , did not bring results.
According to Biden, during previous contacts with Putin, the presidents understood each other's positions. At the same time, he threatened that if it escalated in Ukraine, Russia would face “tough economic consequences”, in particular, its banks would not be able to conduct transactions with dollars.
The Putin-Biden summit was held in Geneva in June 2021. The heads of state then agreed to return the previously withdrawn ambassadors to Moscow and Washington and “launch a comprehensive bilateral dialogue on strategic stability.” Then the presidents held talks on December 7 online.
A few days after this conversation, Putin said that he would like to see Biden again in person. The American president, for his part, said that he was counting on lengthy negotiations with his Russian counterpart. At the end of December, answering a question from journalists about whether a new meeting of heads of state was possible, he said: “We'll see.”
During the past year, the presidents had several telephone conversations, the last one took place on December 31. The conversation was entirely devoted to security guarantees. The leaders agreed to support bilateral consultations on strategic stability.
In December, Russia submitted draft agreements on security assurances to the US and NATO. Among other things, they contained proposals for non-expansion of NATO to the east at the expense of the countries of the former USSR and a ban on military activities in Ukraine. On January 10, 12 and 13, three rounds of negotiations between the United States and Russia took place in Europe, the Council of Russia — NATO and Russia and the OSCE. They ended without concrete results.
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