Sensitive moment, Putin calls Biden

2022-06-19 0 By

U.S. President Joe Biden spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the situation in Ukraine on February 12, local time.The Kremlin issued a statement saying U.S. warnings of an “imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine” had reached “absurd” levels and that the U.S. response to Russia’s security assurances proposal ignored Russia’s main concerns.During a phone call, U.S. President Joe Biden said the United States and the Soviet Union worked hard to avoid a catastrophic conflict during the Cold War.Even though the United States and Russia are now rivals, both sides must do everything they can to keep the world safe and prevent the situation in Ukraine from turning into an abyss.Mr. Biden said he was committed to a diplomatic solution and outlined his concerns about Russia’s proposed draft security treaty.Putin responded to Biden on the phone that Russia will carefully analyze and evaluate the responses of the United States and NATO to the draft security treaty, as well as Biden’s concerns, and will inform all parties in the near future what measures Russia will take in response.Putin also pointed out that the US and NATO responses ignore key elements of the Russian initiative.There were no answers to key questions about NATO expansion, the deployment of surprise troops on Ukrainian territory and the return of NATO to its pre-1997 status.On the situation in Ukraine, Putin stressed that the West is not putting enough pressure on the Ukrainian authorities to implement the Minsk agreements.The trend toward the militarization of Ukraine and the supply of modern weapons to Ukraine are extremely dangerous.The more the West does so, the more it encourages possible provocations by Ukrainian militants in Donbas and Crimea.Putin also pointed out that Russia does not understand why the US deliberately gave false information to the media about Russia’s plan to “invade” Ukraine.On the same day, Russian Presidential aide Dmitry Ushakov commented to Russian media on the phone conversation between the Russian and US presidents.Ushakov said Biden raised the possibility of tough U.S. sanctions against Russia if the situation in Ukraine worsens.But the topic was not the focus of the phone call between the Russian and US presidents.The call did not address how Russia would respond to possible provocations by Kiev in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.Ushakov stressed that the call was initiated by the United States and was originally scheduled to take place on February 14.Hysteria in the US about a Russian “invasion” of Ukraine has reached its peak.Source | CCTV news client process editor: TF022