US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin They will hold a telephone meeting again this Thursday to address, among others, “the next diplomatic commitments” between the two countries, reported the White House.
Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement that both leaders “will discuss a series of issues, including the upcoming diplomatic engagements with Russia.”
“The Biden Administration continues to carry out extensive diplomatic work with our European allies and partners, consulting and coordinating a common approach in response to the military concentration of Russia on the border with Ukraine,” Horne detailed in his writing.
The conversation has been agreed at the request of Putin, according to sources from the White House to CNN, and Biden agreed because believes that “when it comes to Russia there is no substitute for direct leader-leader dialogue.”
“At the moment We do not have any plans to publish a document or a draft in the way that the Russian side has done. We will tackle this using our own methods. We are much more focused on dealing directly with the Russian side so that they understand well what our concerns and expectations are, “said a senior White House official in a statement.
He also added that he cannot convey the reason for this call, but that the dialogue will begin “on the basis of reciprocity.” Too He stressed that Biden will once again convey to Putin his concern about the presence of troops on the border with Ukraine.
“Getting to the end of the game, a diplomatic game, reaching meaningful understandings between the United States and Russia, or NATO and Russia, or Ukraine and Russia, can only happen in an environment where the situation is easing,” he said, reiterating that That “does not mean that they cannot sit in Geneva or Brussels” to negotiate, although “progress is not connected with de-escalation.”
Biden has spoken “with leaders from across Europe” and his Administration has “engaged multilaterally with NATO, the EU, and the OSCE,” while US officials have held “numerous consultations with their counterparts, including those from the other countries. on the eastern flank bilaterally and in the B9 format – Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia – as well as with Ukraine ”.
Precisely this Wednesday the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, had a telephone conversation with the President of Ukraine, Volodomir Zelenski, whom reiterated the “unwavering” support of the United States for “the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine against the military development of Russia ”on its borders.
In turn, they discussed the efforts being made to “peacefully resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine.” They also discussed upcoming diplomatic engagements with Russia.
Regarding Blinken’s meeting with the Ukrainian president, the senior White House official replied that “There is no specific call scheduled between Biden and Zelenski, but that they will speak again sometime soon. “
Biden and Putin held their first face to face last June, to try to bring positions closer, although in recent months the talks between the two countries have intensified, especially after the increase in tensions that has occurred on the border between Russia and Ukraine, where concerns have been raised about a possible military escalation.
The last meeting between the two leaders took place at the beginning of the month, on December 7, where, through a video call, Biden warned Putin that Washington will respond with “strong economic measures” to the eventual military escalation.
Ukraine has already monopolized the conversation due to rising tensions with Russia, and will likely do so this Thursday as well. Washington has already warned that if Moscow does not show interest in investing in a diplomatic solution to the conflict with Ukraine, it is ready to “apply measures that have not been applied in the past ”.
(With information from Europa Press)