The telephone conversation between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin ended at 4:25 p.m. Washington time (12:25 a.m. Moscow time).
Earlier, the White House said the conversation began at 3:35 p.m. Washington time (11:35 p.m. Moscow time). So the conversation lasted 50 minutes.
Biden is currently staying at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, where he spends the weekend. Earlier, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said TASS that the conversation between the two presidents started on time.
It became the second conversation between the two presidents in the past month. On December 7, Putin and Biden held talks via a video link that lasted two hours.
The initiative for the new conversation came from Putin. As Peskov previously told reporters, the purpose of the talks was to continue discussing the issues that had been put on the agenda in the previous conversation between the presidents.
On January 10, Russia and the United States are due to meet in Geneva on security guarantees. In addition, a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council will take place on January 12 and talks between representatives of the Russian Federation and the OSCE will take place on January 13.
Putin’s aide Yuri Ushakov has revealed some details of a telephone conversation between Vladimir Putin and his counterpart, US President Joe Biden. During the dialogue, the two presidents addressed various issues, including the situation in Ukraine and the risk of a complete breakdown in cooperation between Russia and the United States, TASS reports.
During the conversation, Biden warned his Russian counterpart that the West would develop large-scale and unprecedented sanctions in the economic and military fields if the crisis on the Ukrainian border were to continue to worsen. In response, Putin pledged to sever relations between Russia and the United States if new restrictive measures are implemented.
“Our president immediately responded to this by saying that if the West still decides to introduce the aforementioned unprecedented sanctions under certain conditions, then all of this could lead to the complete breakdown of relations between our countries. In addition, serious damage will be caused to Russia’s relations with the West in general, “Yuri Ushakov said.
Possible sanctions against Russia would be a huge mistake, Putin added.
“Many such mistakes have already been made over the past 30 years, so it is advisable not to make such mistakes again in this situation,” Ushakov concluded.
At the same time, during the conversation with Putin, Biden did not specify for which actions Russia should face the new large-scale sanctions.
“It doesn’t imply anything, because we don’t know what the ‘large-scale sanctions’ mean, but we do know that it will be a colossal mistake with the most serious consequences,” said Putin’s aide Yuri. Ushakov.
On December 24, US Vice President Kamala Harris said Russia could face the toughest sanctions like you’ve never seen it before due to the crisis on the Ukrainian border. In an interview with SCSHarris ignored the possibility of a “hot war in Europe” in the near future and said Washington would explain to Moscow the need to preserve Ukraine’s sovereignty.
Biden vowed not to deploy weapons in Ukraine
During the phone conversation, Biden promised Putin that the US would not deploy offensive weapons in Ukraine. This is a key aspect for the Russian side.
Draft agreements between the Russian Federation, NATO and the United States were presented on December 17. In the documents, Russia called on NATO and the United States not to view Russia as a rival. Russia also urged not to pose a threat of military escalation and to prevent NATO’s expansion in the east.
A spokesperson for the US administration said the US was closely monitoring Russian troop movements across the Ukrainian border.
The Kremlin said the frank conversation that Putin and Biden have been beneficial for both parties. The department’s press service specifically pointed out that the Russian president gave a exhaustive answer the possibility of further sanctions against Russia.