Biden, Putin to Hold Call Thursday Ahead of Planned US-Russia Security Talks

The call will be the second time this month the two leaders speak

President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold another call on Thursday ahead of planned security talks between US and Russian officials that will take place on January 10th in Geneva.

National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne said the two leaders will “discuss a range of topics, including upcoming diplomatic engagements with Russia.” An administration official told CNN that Putin requested the call, and Biden accepted because “he believes when it comes to Russia there is no substitute for direct leader-leader dialogue.”

The call will be the second time this month that the two leaders speak amid heightened tensions around Ukraine and NATO military activity in the Black Sea and other sensitive areas near Russia. The US has been claiming Russia is plotting to invade Ukraine, an accusation Moscow denies.

Russia is seeking security guarantees from the US, including a pledge that NATO won’t expand further east and absorb Ukraine. Russia’s security proposals and other issues, such as arms control, will be discussed between officials on January 10th.

In the meantime, the US continues to boost support for Ukraine and conduct military provocations in the region. Ukraine’s border service announced this week that the US is bankrolling a $20 million project to strengthen the Ukrainian border with Russian and Belarus. On Monday, two US spy planes made a rare flight over eastern Ukraine, near the conflict zone in the Donbas region.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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