Washington DC: US President Joe Biden proposed to meet President Vladimir Putin after slapping sanctions on Russia over Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2020 election, the massive SolarWinds hack and the ongoing Crimea issue.
“Earlier this week, I spoke with President Putin of Russia about the nature of our relationship between our two countries,” Biden said on Thursday.
During his telephonic conversation with Putin, Biden proposed a summit meeting in a third country in the coming months to discuss the full range of issues facing the United States and Russia.
“I propose that we meet in person, this summer in Europe,” Biden said on his summit with Putin being worked out by aides.
Biden said his recent conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin concerning bilateral relations was “candid and respectful.”The President voiced concerns over the sudden Russian military build-up in occupied Crimea and on Ukraine’s borders, and called on Russia to de-escalate tensions.
President Biden emphasized the United States’ unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Biden in his speech today said he strongly urged Putin to refrain from any military action in Ukraine. “…I expressed concern about Russia’s military buildup on Ukraine’s border and occupied Crimea. I affirmed US support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and I strongly urged them to refrain from any military action.”
President Biden reaffirmed his goal of building a stable and predictable relationship with Russia consistent with U.S. interests.
Biden’s statement comes after Washington imposed sanctions on 32 Russian entities and individuals for their alleged interference in the 2020 US presidential election and the purported hacking of US software supply chain networks.
He also notified the Russian President that his administration could have taken more action against Russia but instead restricted to be proportionate.
They discussed a number of regional and global issues, including the intent of the United States and Russia to pursue a strategic stability dialogue on a range of arms control and emerging security issues, building on the extension of the New START Treaty.
President Biden also made clear that the United States will act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to Russia’s actions, such as cyber intrusions and election interference.
Meanwhile, Russia has refuted all accusations made by the US.