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Joe Biden spoke to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday for the first time since entering the White House. The opportunity for the two leaders to raise several issues at the heart of tensions between their rival countries.

“He called on President Putin this afternoon with the intention of discussing our desire to extend for five years New Start,” the bilateral disarmament treaty which expires in early February, “but also to reaffirm our firm support for sovereignty of Ukraine in the face of persistent aggression from Russia, “said US Presidency spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

Joe Biden also expressed concern about the “poisoning” of Alexei Navalny, the Russian opponent arrested by Moscow on January 17 on his return to Russia after a five-month recovery in Germany, as well as ” treatment of peaceful demonstrators by Russian security forces “.

Among the subjects raised by the American president, according to his spokesperson, also include “interference in the 2020 election” in the United States, the recent giant cyberattack against American ministries attributed by Washington to Moscow, and the news, minimized by his predecessor Donald Trump, according to which Russia would have paid “bounties” to the Taliban to kill American soldiers.

Vladimir Putin, for his part, said he supported “a normalization of relations between Russia and the United States“, which according to him “would meet the interests of the two countries but also those of the entire international community, given their particular responsibility in the maintaining security and stability in the world, “the Russian presidency reported.


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