President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin are to set up a virtual meeting to discuss the troop buildup near Ukraine. This is going to be their second call to discuss how to end this crisis.
The White House shared that Biden would make sure that Putin still has the option of a diplomatic path even Russia has chosen to move 100,000 troops towards Ukraine on this coming call which is arranged on Thursday.
The step Putin took he addressed it as a ‘security guarantee’ in Eastern Europe. But Biden will repeat to Putin there has to real progress in talks. They must try to co-operate in peace. As he put up, ‘a context of de-escalation rather than escalation’.
The official who reported the ongoing arrangements spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The call which was requested by Russian officials was scheduled for the 10th of January in Geneva. But later on, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Putin will speak with Biden this Thursday but provided no further details.
The officials informed Biden and Putin met in Geneva in June to discuss the matter of U.S. – Russia relationship. This did not go according to the plan. Both leaders held a call earlier this month to discuss the Russian troops moving towards Ukraine’s borders.
In 7th December’s video call, the White House said Biden bring to their notice that if the invasion of Ukraine would harm the Russian economy hugely. The Russian officials have completely dismissed the allegation.
Moscow and NATO representatives are expected to meet right after the coming Geneva meeting. Along with Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe which includes the United States as well.
Earlier this month, Moscow submitted draft security documents demanding that NATO has denied the memberships to Ukraine and the other former Soviet countries. And have also rolled back its military deployments in Central and Eastern Europe.
The administration officials said, in Thursday’s call, Biden is planning to stress to Putin that the U.S. is united with its allies but will show a willingness to engage in ‘Diplomacy’ with Russia.
In 2014, Russian troops marched into the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea and seized the territory from Ukraine. Russia’s annexation of Crimea- is one of the hardest moments for President Barack Obama on international stages.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan has made it clear publically, that they are ready to discuss Moscow’s concern about NATO in talks with Russian officials. But also said it clearly that the U.S. will not go behind the back of its European allies.
The President is not going to have another 2014 incident. And he will do whatever in his power to stop that to happen. The officials have also said the two leaders are also expecting to talk about the efforts to persuade Iran to return the 2015 nuclear accord, which was scrapped by the Trump administration.
The White House administrations are quite optimistic about the fact of Iran’s nuclear issue and both Russia and U.S. will work to cooperate in this matter.