A day after President Biden spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Moscow said it warned the US against imposing any new sanctions amid reports that more measures are coming.
According to a report from Russia’s RIA news agency, Putin’s foreign policy advisor Yuri Ushakov spoke with the US ambassador in Moscow after the Biden-Putin call and said Moscow would take decisive measures in response to any “unfriendly steps” from Washington.
In the call with Putin, Biden proposed an in-person meeting and said the US and Russia should work together in areas like arms control. On Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said new sanctions from the US would mean Biden’s “words” would not “correlate” with his actions.
So far, the Biden administration has slapped sanctions on Russian officials over the jailing of opposition figure Alexei Navalny. US officials have been threatening more sanctions over unsubstantiated claims, like the accusation that Russia was behind the hack of the software firm SolarWinds.
The Biden-Putin call came amid heightened tensions with Ukraine. Kyiv, the US, and NATO have accused Russia of threatening Ukraine and stoking tensions by massing troops near its western border. But Moscow says troops movements inside Russia are not a threat to anyone, and some of the deployments are a response to NATO forces on Russia’s border.