Biden raises concerns with Putin about Ukraine confrontation

Biden raises concerns with Putin about Ukraine confrontation

On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken will arrive in Brussels for talks with their European counterparts on the situation in Ukraine and other security issues.

"In recent weeks, Russia has moved thousands of combat-ready troops to Ukraine's borders, the largest massing of Russian troops since the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 ..."

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Kyiv welcomed the support and urged Western countries to make clear to Moscow that it would pay a price for its "aggression".

On the Tuesday call, the leaders also "discussed a number of regional and global issues, including the intent of the United States and Russian Federation to pursue a strategic stability dialogue on a range of arms control and emerging security issues, building on the extension of the New START Treaty", the White House said.

"Russia must end this military build-up in and around Ukraine, stop its provocations and de-escalate immediately", Stoltenberg said at a news conference with Kuleba. 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.

In a new report released Tuesday, the director of USA national intelligence said that Russian Federation would "continue destabilization efforts against Ukraine" while concluding that "does not want a direct conflict" with the United States.

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In his first call with Putin as president in late January, Biden raised concerns about the arrest of Navalny, Russia's alleged involvement in a vast cyberespionage campaign and reports of Russian bounties on American troops in Afghanistan.

Biden said in a March interview that he agreed Putin is a "killer".

"President Biden reaffirmed his goal of building a stable and predictable relationship with Russian Federation consistent with U.S. interests, and proposed a summit meeting in a third country in the coming months to discuss the full range of issues facing the United States and Russian Federation", the White House statement said. We call on Russian Federation to cease its provocations and to immediately de-escalate tensions in line with its worldwide obligations.

In a surprise move Tuesday, Biden also used the call to suggest a summit with Putin somewhere other than in the United States or Russian Federation.

The White House did not say whether Putin had accepted the invitation but said Biden had suggested the summit take place in a third country in coming months. "We're not looking for an establishment of trust as much as a predictability and stability", she told reporters. In its statement about the call, the Kremlin stressed that Biden initiated the contact with Putin.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday that Moscow's military build-up near Ukraine was part of a large snap drill meant to test combat readiness and respond to what he called threatening military action by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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