Kremlin labels ties with US 'lamentable' ahead of Biden-Putin call




  • In World
  • 2021-12-06 13:38:17Z
  • By The Hill
 


The Kremlin on Monday said the bilateral relations between the U.S. and Russia are "lamentable," one day before President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are set to speak on a video call amid rising tensions between the two countries.

Biden and Putin are scheduled to speak on Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced on Friday, as concerns are rising regarding Russia's troop buildup on the Ukrainian border.

Russia's military build-up on the border has swelled to some 90,000 troops, a worrying sign to many that Moscow may be preparing to invade the country.

A U.S. intelligence document obtained by The Washington Post showed that Russia is planning a military offensive against Ukraine involving 175,000 troops near the border that could occur as early as next year.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on Monday said "tension around Ukraine" will be a primary focus of the call between the presidents, in addition to what Russia has referred to as NATO moving closer to its borders.

Security guarantees will also be on the agenda, according to Peskov.

"Of course it [the agenda] is bilateral relations, which remain in quite a lamentable state. And then it's the questions that loom large on the agenda. Primarily tension around Ukraine, the theme of NATO advancement towards our borders, and President Putin's initiative about security guarantees," Peskov said, according to Reuters.

Putin has said he wants Moscow to be legally guaranteed that NATO will not push further east, as well as a vow that specific weapons will not be distributed in countries near Russia, such as Ukraine, according to Reuters.

The Russian president is also expected to float the idea of having another summit with Biden, according to Reuters, after the two leaders and other government officials spoke in Geneva.

Peskov also said Biden and Putin have to review the "understandings" that were made in Geneva.

"They will need to discuss how the understandings they reached in Geneva are being implemented, to review what is being fully implemented, and what needs extra work," Peskov said, according to Reuters.

Psaki on Friday said the two presidents would discuss "a range of topics" regarding the U.S.-Russia relationship, including strategic stability, cyber and regional issues.

"President Biden will underscore U.S. concerns with Russian military activities on the border with Ukraine and reaffirm the United States' support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," Psaki added in a statement.

COMMENTS

More Related News

AAPI groups urge Biden to step up Tonga relief efforts as British, Australian aid ships arrive
AAPI groups urge Biden to step up Tonga relief efforts as British, Australian aid ships arrive

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) groups, led by Tongan Americans, wrote to President Biden Wednesday to urge his administration to ramp up aid...

Oil Drops From Seven-Year High After Fed Flags Tighter Policy
Oil Drops From Seven-Year High After Fed Flags Tighter Policy

(Bloomberg) -- Oil fell from a seven-year high after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled that it would soon start raising interest rates to quell inflation...

Democrats eye Supreme Court pick to revive 2022 prospects
Democrats eye Supreme Court pick to revive 2022 prospects
  • World
  • 2022-01-27 05:04:18Z

Democrats stung by a series of election-year failures to deliver legislative wins for their most loyal voters may have been buoyed by the prospect that...

North Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month
North Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month
  • World
  • 2022-01-27 04:33:58Z

North Korea appeared to fire two ballistic missiles off its east coast on Thursday, according to South Korea's military, in what would be the nation's sixth ...

Putin Is So Dangerous Now Because This Is His Last Chance to Seize Ukraine
Putin Is So Dangerous Now Because This Is His Last Chance to Seize Ukraine

Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyRussia's sudden escalation around Ukraine has taken some by surprise, but the logic behind it may...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: World