© Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin meet for the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Pool
By Steve Holland and Tom Balmforth
WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a video call on Tuesday to cope with navy tensions over Ukraine different subjects.
Biden desires to discuss U.S. issues about Russia’s navy buildup on the Ukraine border, a U.S. supply stated on Saturday, in addition to strategic stability, cyber and regional points.
“We’re conscious of Russia’s actions for a very long time and my expectation is we’re going to have a protracted dialogue with Putin,” Biden informed reporters on Friday as he departed for a weekend journey to Camp David. “I do not settle for anyone’s pink traces,” he stated.
The two will additionally discuss bilateral ties and the implementation of agreements reached at their Geneva summit in June, the Kremlin stated on Saturday.
“The dialog will certainly happen on Tuesday,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov informed Reuters. “Bilateral relations, in fact Ukraine and the realisation of the agreements reached in Geneva are the primary (gadgets) on the agenda,” he stated.
More than 94,000 Russian troops are massed close to Ukraine’s borders. Ukraine Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov stated on Friday https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/large-scale-russian-offensive-possible-january-ukraine-says-2021-12-03 that Moscow could also be planning a large-scale navy offensive for the tip of January, citing intelligence experiences.
Biden will reaffirm the United States’ help for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, the U.S. supply stated. The precise timing of the call was not disclosed. The White House declined to remark.
The U.S. president on Friday stated he and his advisers are making ready a complete set of initiatives geared toward deterring Putin from an invasion. He didn’t give additional particulars, however the Biden administration has mentioned partnering with European allies to impose extra sanctions on Russia.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin individually stated that Washington was dedicated to guaranteeing that Ukraine had what it wanted to defend its territory.
Austin added that there was a number of house for diplomacy and management to work on Ukraine.
Moscow accuses Kyiv of pursuing its personal navy build-up. It has dismissed as inflammatory solutions that it’s making ready for an assault on its southern neighbor and has defended its proper to deploy troops on its personal territory because it sees match.
U.S. officers say they have no idea but what Putin’s intentions are, including whereas intelligence factors to preparations for a potential invasion of Ukraine, it’s unclear whether or not a closing choice to accomplish that has been made.
U.S.-Russia relations have been deteriorating for years, notably with Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, its 2015 intervention in Syria and U.S. intelligence fees of meddling within the 2016 election received by now-former President Donald Trump.
But they’ve grow to be extra unstable in latest months.
The Biden administration has requested Moscow to crack down on ransomware and cyber crime assaults emanating from Russian soil, and in November charged https://www.reuters.com/expertise/us-seizes-6-mln-ransom-payments-charge-ukrainian-over-cyberattack-cnn-2021-11-08 a Ukraine nationwide and a Russian in one of many worst ransomware assaults in opposition to American targets.
Russia has repeatedly denied finishing up or tolerating cyber assaults.
The two leaders have had one face-to-face assembly since Biden took workplace in January, sitting down for talks in Geneva final June. They final talked by cellphone on July 9. Biden relishes direct talks with world leaders, seeing them as a approach to decrease tensions.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Russian Foreign Minister ” https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/blinken-urges-russias-lavrov-take-diplomatic-exit-ukraine-crisis-2021-12-02 Sergei Lavrov in Stockholm earlier this week that the United States and its European allies would impose “extreme prices and penalties on Russia if it takes additional aggressive motion in opposition to Ukraine.”