President of the State Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will have a telephone conversation on Thursday, the spokesperson of the US National Security Council, Emily Horne, announced in a communiqué, according to Agerpres.
According to the broadcast, the leaders will address, among other topics, “future diplomatic contacts with Russia.”
The discussion, also announced by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, comes two weeks before US-Russian talks are scheduled to begin on January 10 on nuclear weapons control treaties and the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border, where Russia has merged. troops.
According to Emily Horne, President Biden has been in talks with European leaders ahead of his talks with Putin. The US presidency has previously promised that “there will be no talks (with Russia, ed.) On European security without European allies and partners.”
Russia demands the exclusion of any new NATO enlargement
On December 17, Moscow unveiled proposals submitted to Washington, which it included in two draft treaties, one for the United States and one for NATO. Russia sums up its demands on the West to calm tensions fueled by the concentration of major Russian military forces on the border with Ukraine, which, along with the Americans and Europeans, accuses Moscow of plotting a military offensive.
Russia urges the exclusion of any further NATO enlargement, including to Ukraine, and the cessation of all military and US military activity in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and urges that negotiations on its proposals begin as soon as possible.