Biden proposes summit with Putin as Russia amasses on Ukraine border

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a gathering with leaders of the nation’s political events represented within the decrease home of parliament by way of a video convention name at Novo-Ogaryovo state residence exterior Moscow, Russia February 17, 2021.

Mikhail Klimentyev | Sputnik | Reuters

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden proposed a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin throughout a telephone name Tuesday between the 2 leaders, the White House stated.

Biden proposed holding the summit “in the coming months,” stated a readout of the decision offered Tuesday by the administration.

The name, no less than the second between the 2 males since Biden took workplace in January, comes as the United States and different Western international locations develop weary of Russia’s budding troop presence alongside its border with Ukraine.

In a short abstract of the dialog, the White House stated the 2 mentioned “a number of regional and global issues.”

Biden proposed holding a summit someplace exterior the U.S. and Russia “to discuss the full range of issues facing” the international locations.

The readout didn’t point out whether or not Putin agreed to the summit or how he acquired the proposal. The Russian embassy in Washington didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Other subjects broached in the course of the dialog included Russia’s alleged interference in American elections and cyber assaults on U.S. establishments.

Biden additionally raised considerations concerning the latest Russian navy buildup close to Ukraine and in Crimea, which Russia claims as its personal and the U.S. and Ukraine view as occupied territory.

“President Biden emphasized the United States’ unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the White House stated.

There is not any point out within the White House readout of any dialogue of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Navalny’s representatives have stated the Putin foe, who was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok in August, is in failing well being.

The Biden administration has alleged that the Russian authorities was behind the poisoning and sanctioned seven Russian officials last month over the assault. Putin has denied enjoying a task.

During the primary post-inauguration telephone name between Biden and Putin, in January, Biden introduced up Navalny and “did not hold back,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated on the time.

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In latest weeks, Moscow has elevated its navy presence alongside the Ukrainian border, sparking considerations within the West of a budding navy battle between the 2 neighboring international locations.

The Russian Defense Ministry has stated it’s conducting more than 4,000 military drills this month to examine the readiness of its forces.

Last month, the Ukrainian authorities stated 4 of its troopers had been killed by Russian shelling in Donbass. Moscow has denied it has forces in jap Ukraine. Since 2014, Kyiv has been battling Russian-backed separatists in a battle that has left no less than 13,000 individuals lifeless, in response to U.N. figures.

Read extra: The West waits for Putin’s next move as Russia-Ukraine tensions rise

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated Friday that Moscow will transfer its forces throughout Russian territory at its discretion and known as the escalating tensions “unprecedented.” He additionally recommended that Ukraine was on the brink of civil conflict, which might threaten Russia’s safety.

“The Kremlin has fears that a civil war could resume in Ukraine. And if a civil war, a full-scale military action, resumes near our borders that would threaten the Russian Federation’s security,” Peskov stated, according to the Associated Press. “The ongoing escalation of tensions is quite unprecedented.”

Putin accused Ukraine of resuming “dangerous provocative actions” on a name Friday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in response to a readout from the Kremlin.

The Kremlin has beforehand stated that it’s involved concerning the rising tensions in jap Ukraine and that it feared Kyiv’s forces had been making an attempt to restart a battle.

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