Washington- The president of the United States, Joe Biden, was conciliatory regarding Russia and affirmed that this week he had a “sincere and respectful” call with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, despite having ordered sanctions and the expulsion of diplomats on Thursday from that country.
In a speech on Russia from the White House, Biden explained that he spoke by phone with Putin to inform him of those measures.
“When I spoke with President Putin, I expressed my belief that personal and direct communication between the two is essential to move towards a more effective relationship, and he agreed with that point,” said the US president.
For this reason, Biden has proposed to his Russian counterpart to meet in Europe, which, according to the US president, both governments are currently analyzing.
“I think the US and Russia could launch a strategic stability dialogue in pursuit of cooperation on arms control and security,” said Biden, adding that they could collaborate to address issues, such as “Iran’s nuclear threats. and North Korea ”, the pandemic and climate change.
The US imposed a harsh battery of sanctions against Russia on Thursday and expelled ten members of its diplomatic legation for the alleged cyberattacks in Moscow, their interference in the US elections, the occupation of Crimea and the rewards for soldiers in Afghanistan.
Biden stressed that during the call he made it “clear” to Putin that he could have gone further, but that he had chosen not to do so in order to act proportionally.
“The United States does not seek to start a cycle of escalation and conflict with Russia. We want a stable and predictable relationship, “said the US president, who at the same time warned Moscow that if it continues its” interference “in the democracy of its country, it will adopt more measures to protect its institutions, its citizens and its allies.
Likewise, Biden conveyed to Putin in that conversation his concern about the Russian military mobilization near the border with Ukraine and in Crimea: “I affirmed our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and strongly urged him to avoid any military action. ”, He indicated.
In response to Washington, Russia has summoned the US ambassador, John Sullivan, and the Kremlin already warned on Wednesday that the sanctions would not help to hold a summit between Putin and Biden.