Kremlin Reveals Details About Putin-Biden Phone Call

Daniel Fowler
April 14, 2021

In an interview last month, Biden labeled Putin a "killer," prompting an angry reaction from Moscow, which recalled its ambassador from Washington.

Russian Federation in recent weeks has stepped up troop movements near its border with Ukraine.

Biden also told Putin the USA would "act firmly in defense of its national interests| regarding Russian cyber intrusions and election interference, according to the White House".

Russia's defence minister said Tuesday the buildup was part of readiness drills in response to what he described as threats from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and he said the manoeuvrs in western Russian Federation would last for two more weeks.

The White House and the Kremlin reported only the second conversation between the two since Biden took office in January, after Western officials urged Moscow to end the build-up and Russian Federation, in words recalling the Cold War, said its "adversary" should keep United States warships well away from the Crimea region.

Echoing NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who met Kuleba earlier, Blinken said Moscow was massing forces in its biggest build-up since 2014, since Moscow annexed Crimea.

Shoigu said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was deploying 40,000 troops and 15,000 pieces of military equipment near Russia's borders, mainly in the Black Sea and the Baltic regions.

In the past three weeks, the Russian military has deployed two armies and three airborne formations to western regions "as a response to the alliance's military activities threatening Russia", the defence minister said.

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A senior U.S. State Department official told reporters: "We know Russia's capacity". In particular, we call on Russian Federation to uphold the OSCE principles and commitments that it has signed up to on transparency of military movements and to respond to the procedure established under Chapter III of the Vienna Document.

Ukraine - which applied to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in 2008 - is pressing Western powers for "practical" support as it seeks to deter any new aggression from Moscow.

Separately, two diplomats said Stoltenberg would chair a video conference with allied defense and foreign ministers on Wednesday. Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin were expected to be present at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels to brief the other 29 allies on Ukraine, as well as on Afghanistan, the diplomats said.

The Kremlin confirmed that the United States president had proposed what would be the leaders' first summit since Biden came to office vowing a tougher line on Russian Federation, including over its alleged interference in U.S. elections and harsh treatment of ailing opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The Biden-Putin call also comes days before Mr Biden's April 22-23 Leaders Summit on Climate, to which Mr Putin has also been invited.

President Biden spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday and proposed that they meet for a summit "in a third country in the coming months", according to the White House.

The Biden-Putin relationship has been rocky in the early going of the new US administration.

The Kremlin has argued that Russian Federation is free to deploy its troops wherever it wants on its territory and has repeatedly accused the Ukrainian military of "provocative actions" along the line of control in the east and of planning to retake control of the rebel regions by force.

In its readout of the Biden-Putin call, the Kremlin said "both sides expressed their readiness to continue dialogue on the most important areas of ensuring global security".

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