Biden will hold phone calls with senior officials from Britain, France, Germany and Italy on Tuesday after talks with Putin. This was announced by the White House, which was reported by Agence France-Presse. The call comes on the heels of a similar call on Monday between Biden and European leaders.
The leaders agreed to remain in close contact with a coordinated and comprehensive approach to respond to the build-up of Russian forces on Ukraine’s borders. The White House stated. The topics of Putin and Biden’s conversation are not yet known, since the virtual summit took place without the participation of journalists. According to Russian media, it appears that tensions over Ukraine and NATO’s eastward expansion have dominated the talks.
Tuesday’s meeting between the leaders of Russia and the United States is the fifth consecutive meeting between the two presidents since Biden took office. TASS recalls that earlier at the June summit in Geneva, Putin and Biden negotiated together, and also called several times.
Biden warns Putin of economic sanctions
During a virtual summit on Tuesday, US President Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of severe economic sanctions in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, the White House said in a statement posted on its website.
“President Biden spoke of the deep concern of the United States and our European allies about the escalation surrounding Russian forces surrounding Ukraine and made clear that the United States and our allies will respond to any potential military escalation with strong economic sanctions and other measures.” The White House statement is written.
During a meeting with Putin, Biden reiterated his support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, calling for a “de-escalation of tensions and a return to diplomacy.” In addition to Ukraine, the presidents spoke at the virtual summit on Russian-US relations and related issues, as well as strategic stability, cyberattacks on ransomware, Iran, and cooperation on regional issues, according to the White House.
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