The President of the United States, Joe Biden, and his Russian counterpart Valdimir Putin will hold another telephone meeting this Thursday to discuss, among other things, “the next diplomatic commitments” between the two countries, the White House said.
Homeland Security spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement that both leaders will “discuss a number of issues, including upcoming diplomatic commitments with Russia.”
“The Biden government continues to conduct extensive diplomatic work with our European allies and partners, advising and coordinating a common approach in response to Russia’s military concentration on the border with Ukraine,” Horne said in his letter.
The conversation was arranged at Putin’s request, White House sources told CNN, and Biden agreed, believing that “when it comes to Russia, there is no substitute for direct leader-leader dialogue” .
Biden has spoken “to leaders from across Europe” and his administration has “worked multilaterally with NATO, the EU and the OSCE” while US officials have “held extensive consultations with their counterparts, including those from the countries” on the eastern flank and in B9 format – Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia – as well as with Ukraine. “
Exactly on this Wednesday US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had a telephone conversation with the President of Ukraine, Volodomir Zelensky, to whom he affirmed the “unwavering” support of the United States for “the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine” in the face of Russia’s military development ” at its limits “.
In return, they discussed efforts to find a “peaceful solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine” and discussed the imminent diplomatic relations with Russia.
Biden and Putin held their first face-to-face meeting last June to try to advance their positions, although talks between the two countries have intensified in recent months, especially following mounting tensions on the border between Russia and the United States Ukraine, where concerns about a possible military escalation have been raised.
The last meeting of the two heads of state and government took place earlier this month on December 7th, at which Biden warned Putin via video call that Washington would react with “strong economic measures” to the possible military escalation.
Ukraine has already monopolized the talks due to mounting tensions with Russia and is likely to do so this Thursday as well. Washington has already warned that Moscow is ready to “apply measures that have not been applied in the past” if it shows no interest in investing in a diplomatic solution to the conflict with Ukraine.