A video convention between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden has ended after simply over two hours. The Kremlin had pledged the leaders would discuss “for as long as it takes” to resolve their points.
The much-anticipated video “summit” on Tuesday touched on quite a lot of matters, together with the American accusation that Russia is amassing troops to “invade” Ukraine, which Moscow has dismissed as “fake news.”
Contact on the highest stage was “badly needed,” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov stated earlier than the decision. The two nations have “multiplying problems,” he added, with no progress on bilateral relations.
A White House readout of the decision stated Biden voiced “deep concerns” of the US over Russia’s “escalation of forces surrounding Ukraine” and threatened “strong economic and other measures in the event of military escalation.” Ransomware and “regional issues such as Iran” had been additionally introduced up.
Biden is anticipated to contact Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in addition to the leaders of UK, France, Germany and Italy after his dialog with Putin, based on the White House. His nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan is scheduled to temporary reporters on the decision later within the day.
The solely dwell assembly between Putin and Biden because the latter took workplace was in June. The Geneva summit was hailed as a possible breakthrough, however progress has since did not materialize.
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