Sputnik Sergey Gonev
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced that phone talks will be held between Presidents Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden at Moscow’s request, and that President Putin “considered them necessary before the January consultations.”
He said, “The initiative was by President Putin, the time is completely normal given the time difference… As you know, the late time has never been a problem for President Putin, especially since he often works at this time.”
He added: “The two parties will continue to discuss the issues raised during the last video meeting, and they will also address the security guarantees put forward by Moscow.”
Peskov noted that “the negotiations aim first of all to reach a compromise, taking into account the principled positions of the two sides. The two sides will hold normal telephone conversations, the content of which will not be announced.”
It is noteworthy that the last conversation between the two presidents took place in early December and lasted for two hours via video link.
Biden expressed concern about the tension between Russia and Ukraine and called for a diplomatic settlement, warning of a collective response from the West in the event of an escalation.
For his part, Putin drew attention to the fact that “Kiev does not fulfill the Minsk agreements, and set the red lines for Russia, which rejects NATO’s expansion to the east and the deployment of offensive weapons on Ukrainian soil and in Russia’s neighboring countries.”
Ten days later, Moscow published two draft agreements with the United States and NATO on mutual security guarantees in Europe, the non-deployment of medium and short-range missiles, and a halt to NATO’s eastward advance in the former Soviet Union.
Negotiations with the United States on security guarantees will take place on January 10, and consultations between Russia and NATO on January 12.
A meeting of representatives of Moscow and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is scheduled for January 13.
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