The virtual meeting comes in a context of great tension between the West and Russia, a country accused of preparing an imminent invasion of its neighbor
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden are scheduled to speak via video call next Tuesday in the midst of tensions between Moscow and the West over the situation on the Ukrainian border. “We confirm” that the interview will take place on Tuesday, said Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov on Saturday. The call will take place “in the afternoon” (in Russia).
The announcement of this meeting, which Moscow and Washington have been preparing for several days, comes in a context of great tension between the West and Russia, a country accused of preparing an imminent invasion of Ukraine. Kiev, and its allies, specifically denounce that Russia has concentrated numerous soldiers and tanks on its border.
Moscow repeatedly denied any military intention and accused the West of multiplying “provocations”, such as military exercises in the Black Sea.
Since 2014, Ukraine has been torn by a war between the government and pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. A conflict, caused by the annexation of Crimea, which left 13,000 dead. Faced with this situation, Biden declared on Friday that the US was preparing a “set of deterrent initiatives” to make it “very, very difficult for Putin to do what people are concerned he can do.”
Moscow, for its part, is demanding “security guarantees” to calm tensions, above all, confirmation that NATO is not going to continue its expansion to the east, in particular with the accession of Ukraine.