Biden offered Putin a meeting

U.S. President Joe Biden during a telephone conversation on April 13 offered Russian leader Vladimir Putin a meeting in a third country. This was reported by the White House press service.

“President Biden reiterated his goal of building stable and predictable relations with Russia that are consistent with U.S. interests, and also proposed holding a summit in a third country in the coming months to discuss the full range of issues facing the United States and Russia,” said a statement released after the presidents’ phone conversation.

The statement also said the sides discussed several regional and global issues, including the U.S. and Russian intention to continue the strategic stability dialogue on a range of arms control and security issues, building on the START Treaty’s extension.

The White House pointed out that Biden “made clear that the United States will firmly defend its national interests,” referring to alleged “cyberattacks and election interference” by Russia.

He also stressed the U.S. commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, urging Russia to “de-escalate tensions” on its borders with Ukraine.

The U.S. leader “reiterated his goal of building stable and predictable relations with Russia consistent with U.S. interests,” the U.S. administration stressed.

Tensions between Moscow and Washington emerged after U.S. intelligence agencies released a report March 16 on alleged Russian meddling in the 2020 U.S. election. Afterward, Biden said that Moscow should “pay for it.”

In response, Putin suggested that his U.S. counterpart hold an open conversation virtually online, noting that such a format would be of interest to the people of the United States and Russia and many in the world.