Moscow regrets U.S. refusal to hold online talks between Biden and Putin

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Moscow regrets U.S. refusal to hold online talks between Biden and Putin

According to the White House, “President (Biden) will meet with President Putin at an appropriate time.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday expressed regret over the U.S. refusal to support Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal to hold online talks between the presidents of the United States and Russia on March 19 or 22.

According to the statement published on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry, it was a missed opportunity to find a way out of the deadlock in bilateral relations, for which the Russian side blamed Washington.

To recall, last week, Anatoly Antonov, the Russian ambassador to the United States, was summoned to Moscow for consultations after President Joe Biden, in an interview with ABC, stressed that Vladimir Putin would have to feel the consequences of Russian meddling in the 2020 US presidential election in favor of Donald Trump and replied affirmatively to a reporter’s question about whether he thought Putin was a murderer.

Last Thursday, in response to a request for comment on the Russian ambassador’s call to Moscow, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the Biden administration “intends to take a different approach in dealing with Russia than the previous administration did.” Psaki also said that the United States hopes to continue a productive relationship with Russia.

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“We will be forthright and specific in areas where we will have concerns,” she added.

“He (Biden) is not going to backtrack,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Karin Jean-Pierre told reporters. – “He’s going to be very frank and open about (Putin).

Putin reacted to Biden’s words with the Russian children’s proverb “what you call a name is what you call a name,” and offered to hold talks with the U.S. president on live television. The U.S. did not accept this suggestion.

“President (Biden) will meet with President Putin at an appropriate time,” said Karin Jean-Pierre.