Putin and Biden had a telephone conversation

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his first telephone conversation with the inauguration of US President Joseph Biden on January 20. This was reported in the Kremlin on Tuesday, January 26.

During the conversation, the Russian leader congratulated his American counterpart on the beginning of his work as President of the United States. The head of state stressed that the normalization of relations between Moscow and Washington would meet the interests of both countries.

It is noted that during the conversation the presidents expressed satisfaction with the current achievements in the issue of extending the Treaty on Strategic Offensive Arms (START, START-3).

“In the coming days, the parties will complete all the necessary procedures to ensure the further functioning of this important international legal mechanism for the mutual limitation of nuclear missile arsenals”, – the message says.

In addition, the leaders discussed topical issues of the bilateral and international agendas, including the possibilities of cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and other areas, including trade and economic.

Also, Putin and Biden touched upon the topics of the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Treaty on Open Skies and the preservation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program. In addition, the leaders discussed the internal Ukrainian settlement and the Russian initiative to hold a summit of the permanent members of the UN Security Council.

“On the whole, the conversation between the leaders of Russia and the United States was of a businesslike and frank nature. It was agreed to maintain contacts”, – the Kremlin concluded.

The White House clarified that the conversation took place at the initiative of the American side – Biden called Putin in the middle of the day.

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