Russian President Vladimir Putin had his first telephone conversation with U.S. leader Joe Biden on January 26, local time, TASS reported on January 27 in Moscow.
Putin and Biden expressed satisfaction with the exchange of diplomatic notes on the extension of the new START treaty, the report said.
The report also said that the international issues discussed by the two sides include the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the open sky treaty, the reservation of the joint comprehensive action plan on Iran’s nuclear program, Ukraine’s internal mediation and Russia’s initiative to hold a summit of permanent members of the UN Security Council.
The report also pointed out that the two presidents also discussed cooperation in combating COVID-19, as well as cooperation in other areas, such as trade and economic cooperation.
Putin congratulated Biden on his assumption of the US president, the report said. He pointed out that normalization of relations between Moscow and Washington is in the interests of both countries.
The two sides agreed to maintain contact, the report said.
The Kremlin information bureau pointed out that the dialogue between the Russian and US presidents was generally pragmatic and frank. White House press secretary Jane pusaki said the call was made at the suggestion of American leaders.
According to the Wall Street Journal website on January 26, the White House said on Tuesday that Biden had a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time as president.
White House press secretary pusaki said Biden reiterated that the United States “firmly supports” Ukraine’s sovereignty and expressed concern about the so-called Russian intervention in the 2020 election. The call also focused on the plan to extend the US Russian nuclear arms control treaty for five years.
The report points out that Biden has been criticizing Putin throughout the presidential campaign. This call is Biden’s first chance as president to seek to get rid of the warm relationship between former US President trump and Russian leaders. Biden had a face-to-face meeting with Putin as vice president in 2011. Biden has warned Moscow that Russia may face further sanctions if U.S. intelligence officials sit down to intervene in the U.S. election.
The report noted that after the call on Tuesday, the White House issued a statement saying Biden “made it clear that the United States will resolutely defend its own interests in response to Russia’s damage to China or its allies.”.
In a statement, the Kremlin said Putin told Biden that it is in the interests of both countries to normalize Russia US relations, and stressed that Russia and the United States have special responsibilities in maintaining world security and stability. The statement said the call was pragmatic and frank, and the two sides agreed to maintain contact. The two leaders also discussed the new START treaty, the Iran nuclear agreement and Ukraine. The statement did not mention the navaline and hacker attacks.