Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he was “convinced” that an “effective” dialogue was possible with the United States, in end-of-year greetings to his counterpart Joe Biden, a few hours before their telephone conversation.
I am convinced […] that we can move forward and forge an effective Russian-American dialogue based on mutual respect and consideration of each other’s national interests, he wrote in a telegram, according to the Kremlin, against the backdrop of the Russo-Western crisis around Ukraine.
MM. Biden and Putin are due to speak by phone Thursday, the second such talks in less than a month.
The American president intends to propose, according to the White House, a
diplomatic channel to get out of the Russo-Western crisis around Ukraine.
Moscow, for its part, has made known its demands, in particular a treaty banning any future expansion of theNATO, in particular to its Ukrainian neighbor.
First talks between the two countries are scheduled for January 10 in Geneva.
The West accuse Moscow of preparing for the invasion of Ukraine, tens of thousands of men and quantities of material and weapons being deployed at the border.