Russia sees it premature to talk about a possible summit between Putin and Biden | News


The Russian Presidency (Kremlin) did not rule out this Monday a possible meeting between the leaders of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, respectively, to discuss the military tension in Ukraine, however, it clarified that it is still premature to talk about that possibility .


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“Of course, we do not rule it out. If necessary, the presidents of Russia and the US can decide at any time to maintain contacts, either by phone or physically. It will be their decision,” Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov said.

Similarly, he specified that a possible summit is not planned, so it is premature to venture to talk about it. “A meeting is possible if the heads of state consider it appropriate. Right now there is a clear understanding of the need to continue the dialogue at the ministerial level,” added Peskov.

According to the official, contacts are scheduled between the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, in addition to the latter and his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

“We proceed from the fact that Lavrov will meet with his American counterpart this week. We also do not rule out contacts between the ministers of Russia and France,” he added.

French President Emmanuel Macron suggested holding a summit of Russia and the United States and the leaders of these nations and both accepted the idea under certain conditions, according to the Elysee Palace.

After holding telephone conversations with both leaders over the weekend, Macron proposed holding a summit on Europe’s security.

According to Peskov, the French head of state spoke twice with Putin about Ukraine, the last call being at dawn.

Meanwhile, the Russian leader called an expanded meeting of the Russian Security Council on Monday to discuss the situation in Ukraine, especially the military escalation in Donbas.

In this regard, Peskov stressed that the situation is extremely tense and there are no signs of abatement so far.

“The provocations and the bombardments are becoming more and more intense and this, of course, generates very deep concern,” he said.

For his part, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitri Kulba welcomed the initiative of the Russian-American summit around his country. In addition, he pointed out that the summit could only be held “if Russia does not invade Ukraine.”

“Last night I had a telephone conversation with the US secretary of state, who briefed me on the Russia-US summit initiative,” he said.

“We welcome this initiative, we are sure that any effort to find a diplomatic solution is necessary,” he said, prior to the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the countries of the European Union (EU).

According to the Elysée Palace, the agenda would be prepared by Secretary Blinken and Minister Lavrov during their meeting scheduled for next Thursday, February 24, according to the text.

Tensions over Ukraine have escalated in recent months, especially since the armed conflict in Donbas and the new security guarantees that Russia is demanding from Western countries.

In addition, the Kremlin described as an unusual practice for the embassy to alert its citizens in Russia of possible attacks, before which it will verify if the US intelligence warned its Russian colleagues before as it should be.

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