- REVIEW - Biden Warns of Consequences Over Ukraine as Putin Presses on NATO Buildup in Virtual Talks
REVIEW - Biden Warns Of Consequences Over Ukraine As Putin Presses On NATO Buildup In Virtual Talks
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 08th December, 2021) Russian President Vladimir Putin during a virtual meeting with US President Joe Biden raised concerns over the military buildup of NATO forces in eastern Europe while the latter warned of consequences if Russia invades Ukraine.
Putin and Biden greeted each other with smiles at the start of the virtual meeting earlier on Tuesday, which lasted two hours. The two leaders primarily discussed matters concerning Ukraine but also touched on other subjects of mutual interest including efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal, cybercrime, and strategic stability issues.
Moreover, the Russian president highlighted that Moscow was interested in obtaining reliable, legally fixed guarantees that NATO would not expand eastward and would not deploy offensive weapons in countries bordering Russia.
According to the Kremlin, the talks did not bring any breakthroughs but the leaders showed a desire to work and engage in dialogue.
Doubts have been raised by some experts as to whether any progress could be made especially in light of the ideological rigidity of the Biden administration.
"Washington has one interest in the current crisis - to prevent an unnecessary war between Ukraine and Russia, but Biden and his friends have deliberately ignored that interest because it would involve compromise," Macgregor said. "As a morally righteous leftist, he (Biden) is incapable of compromising on anything. Therein lies the problem."
PUTIN, BIDEN ADDRESS BILATERAL ISSUES
The two presidents addressed the overall state of the relationship which has been marred by disagreements that led to the downsizing of diplomatic footprints in both countries.
"Bilateral issues were discussed. It was stated that cooperation is still in an unsatisfactory state. This is manifested, in particular, in the difficulties that the 'curtailed' diplomatic missions of both countries are experiencing in their work," the Kremlin said in a statement.
Putin stressed that the diplomatic disputes are a consequence of the line of the American authorities, which five years ago began to practice large-scale restrictions, bans and mass expulsions of Russian diplomats, to which Russia had to react to in a reciprocal manner, the Kremlin said.
Putin offered to nullify all the accumulated restrictions on the functioning of diplomatic missions to help normalize other aspects of bilateral relations, the Kremlin said.
However, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday that Biden did not make commitments to Putin to resolve issues related to operations of and staffing at their respective diplomatic missions.
Russia and the United States will need not a month or even a year to solve the numerous problems in relations. Putin and Biden believe it is necessary to seek to normalize the relations and develop cooperation, Ushakov said.
Biden and Putin acknowledged the special responsibility the two countries have to maintain peace and stability, Ushakov said.
The two leaders agreed to task teams to follow up on the meeting while the US closely coordinates with allies, he added.
BIDEN THREATENS SANCTIONS, MORE DEFENSE AID TO UKRAINE
"When it comes to Nord Stream 2, the fact is that gas is not currently flowing through the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which means it's not operating, which means that it's not leverage for Putin. Indeed, it is leverage for the West, because if Vladimir Putin wants to see gas flow through that pipeline, he may not want to take the risk of invading Ukraine," Sullivan said.
Moreover, Biden told Putin that the United States would provide additional defense aid to Kiev beyond what it currently provides, Sullivan said. In addition, the United States would also provide support to NATO allies in the Alliance's eastern flank should Russia invade Ukraine.
The United States is in constant contact with Ukraine, which has come forward with ideas on how to use diplomacy to resolve tensions with Russia, Sullivan said, adding that Biden is expected to talk with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday.
PUTIN RAISES CONCERNS OVER NATO MILITARY ACTIVITY NEAR RUSSIA
"I can tell you that issues related to providing us with the necessary security guarantees, including in the context of non-deployment of offensive arms and non-advancement of NATO further to the East - these issues, of course, would be logical to discuss in the group on strategic stability," Ushakov said.
The Kremlin said Putin and Biden also discussed the implementation of results of the bilateral summit held in Geneva in June. Moreover, Putin informed Biden about Ukraine's failure to comply with the Minsk agreements, Ushakov said.