Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin had a 50-minute phone call Thursday evening. The crisis on the Ukrainian border is inflaming tensions between the US and Russian presidents. Putin threatened to cut all ties with the United States if it imposed more sanctions on Russia.
On January 10, the United States and Russia will begin negotiations on nuclear weapons treaties and the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border. On Thursday, two weeks before that meeting, they already had a phone call to cement the relationship. But the waters are still deep between Biden and Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly threatened a “complete rift” between the two countries if the United States imposed new economic sanctions. Joe Biden backed off and made clear that the United States and its allies would take tough action if Russia decided to invade Ukraine.
In Ukraine, the military has been preparing for a possible Russian invasion for weeks. the West react nervously On massing Russian troops on the border, but Russia blames NATO aggressive attitude. according to New York times Putin repeated these accusations several times in a phone conversation. “We will act like the United States if weapons are supplied on its borders,” Putin said. Biden is said to have said that “there are no winners in a nuclear conflict”.
The White House released a photo of Biden holding the phone afterward. Washington says a diplomatic solution is possible to avoid a military escalation in Ukraine. The US President reiterated his concern about the presence of tens of thousands of Russian soldiers on the Russian-Ukrainian border.
Moscow still believes that dialogue “on the basis of mutual respect” is possible. For the Kremlin, Russia’s security depends on prohibiting further NATO expansion and halting Western military activities on Russia’s borders.