Kiev and its Western allies suspect the Russians of preparing for the invasion, and Moscow insists it is not doing anything like that. According to her, this is a provocation of the other party. Russia and the United States have not yet commented on the outcome of the negotiations.
Bidem wants to inform its European partners about the result on Tuesday evening. During the day, for example, he will be joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and the Prime Ministers of Italy and Britain, Marie Draghi and Boris Johnson.
At eight o’clock, Biden called a press conference.
Putin spoke from his residence in Sochi, Biden from the White House Operations Center.
“Greetings, Mr. President,” Putin said at the beginning of the conversation, according to a short introductory video taken by the Russian side. “Nice to see you again, I hope to see you in person next time,” Biden replied from the screen.
The operations center is a heavily guarded area in the White House that journalists do not have access to. Washington did not provide any live footage of the dialogue, which began seven minutes after 16:00 CET.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said before the talks asked about the length of the talks, they would last as long as needed. “Such a conversation has no time limit,” he said.
The first interview since June
The ongoing video conference is the first direct meeting of the two presidents since they met in person in June. In July, they still talked on the phone.
Biden intends to inform Putin of possible sanctions that Washington is preparing if Russia decides to invade Ukraine, which has gathered tens of thousands of troops at its borders.
Ukrainian intelligence has repeatedly warned that the Russians are concentrating 92,000 troops on the border with Ukraine and are planning an invasion at the end of January or the beginning of February next year.
NATO’s coveted promise is unlikely to fall
According to the media, Putin could demand a guarantee that NATO will not expand further east and move weapons near the Russian border. According to the American media, Biden is not expected to agree to Putin’s possible request not to accept Ukraine into NATO.