Russia’s war preparations on the Ukraine border, Biden’s phone call to Putin
US President Joe Biden has called Russian President Vladimir Putin amid ongoing tensions with Ukraine. In a telephone call on Tuesday, Biden called for an end to tensions with Ukraine. He also offered to meet with Putin in a third country.
Russia has recently staged massive military operations along the border with Ukraine. This is the highest army gathering since 2014. After the 2014 military coup, Russia annexed Crimea in a battle with pro-Russian separatists. This time around, however, Russia claims that the military assembly is part of a series of exercises aimed at countering the threat posed by the Western military alliance, NATO.
The White House said in a statement after the telephone call on Tuesday that in a conversation with Putin, President Biden expressed US concern about troop deployments on the border with occupied Crimea and Ukraine, Reuters reported. He called on Russia to take the necessary steps to resolve the crisis.
The White House statement added that President Biden also told Putin that the United States was interested in building a stable relationship with Russia. At the time, he offered to meet with Putin for a detailed discussion on various issues of Russian-US relations at a time convenient to a third country.
If Putin meets in response to Biden’s offer, it will be the first meeting between them since Biden was sworn in as president. Earlier, Putin last met with a US president in 2016. Seba Finland hosted the Trump-Putin meeting.
However, the Kremlin is reluctant to comment on Biden’s proposal. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that the Kremlin would consider Biden’s proposal, AFP reported. He said it was not yet time to talk about it. The proposal is new and needs to be considered.
But whatever the Kremlin says, they see Biden’s offer as a victory. They feel that some flexibility has been created in the United States since the military coup on the border with Ukraine.
“This (Biden’s proposal) is an important step,” said Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Russian parliament’s upper house foreign affairs committee, according to AFP.
“This is good news,” Leonid Slutsky, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the lower house of the Russian parliament, told reporters. The leaders of the two nuclear-armed countries have responded positively to their readiness for cooperation.
And Russian chess legend Gary Kasparov, known as a critic of Putin, wrote on Twitter, ‘Conference? What are the US talks with Putin? Putin is looking forward to such a meeting. ”
Many Putin critics, such as Gary Kasparov, have suggested that Biden’s offer was a victory for Putin. Fyodor Lukyanov, acting editor of Russia in Global Affairs, said the proposal to meet in Russia and the meeting would be presented as a major achievement. Because even a few days ago, Biden made aggressive remarks about Putin.