Moscow and Washington are preparing for a telephone conversation Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden. It will take place today half an hour before midnight Moscow time. And it will be already second conversation between the two leaders this month… Putin and Biden will reportedly revisit the issues that were on the agenda of previous talks on December 7. Today’s conversation between the presidents of Russia and the United States will precede a series of diplomatic meetings on security guarantees.
To reach a compromise, taking into account the principled positions of each other, is the goal of any negotiations. And the scheduled conversation between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden today is no exception. The telephone conversation between the two presidents will take place at the initiative of the Russian side. The conversation will begin at 23:30 Moscow time.
“This is a very complex substance – those issues that are on the agenda. Since the last conversation, the Russian side, as promised by President Putin, has formulated its position, which was set forth in two draft documents that were brought to the attention of both Washington and a number of And therefore, of course, now, from our point of view, from the point of view of President Putin, there is a need for another telephone conversation, which would precede the start of the above-mentioned negotiations. each other, “- said the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov.
The fact that the talks between Moscow and Washington, scheduled for January 10, as well as Russia’s contacts with NATO and the OSCE, scheduled for January 12 and 13, respectively, will be among the topics of today’s conversation between the two presidents, is also confirmed by the US National Security Council. At the same time, as the Russian Foreign Ministry said, at a meeting in Geneva, our country will seek firm security guarantees.
“January 10 in Geneva negotiations are planned in the format of an interdepartmental delegation of Russia and the United States. The Russian delegation will be headed by Deputy Foreign Minister of our country Sergei Ryabkov, and the American side by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman. This date is marked. It has no alternatives at the moment. During the talks, we will seek from the American side to provide firm legal guarantees for the security of the Russian Federation, namely, the non-advancement of NATO to the east and the non-deployment of weapons systems that threaten Russia at the borders of our country, “explained Maria Zakharova, an official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
At the same time, the statement spread by the White House on the eve of the telephone conversation did not go without mentioning Ukraine, on the border with which Russia “is concentrating its troops.” It is obvious that Washington also intends to discuss relations between Moscow and Kiev today.
“Russia has never been a source of tension. And it was not the first source of tension. But we have always said that Russia has taken and will take those steps, those measures that are necessary to ensure its security. Of course, the movement of our armed forces on our territory is exclusively There are different opinions on this matter, for example, the opinion of the Ukrainian leadership on this matter. and such statements, too, “- said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.
The topic of Ukraine was also the main one during the previous talks between the two leaders, which took place in the format of a teleconference on December 7. As part of the conversation, Joe Biden then expressed concern about the movement of Russian troops across Russian territory and talked about sanctions. And Vladimir Putin recalled NATO’s dangerous attempts to operate on Ukrainian soil, in fact, right on our borders. It was then that the conversation turned to the need for reliable guarantees that would rule out further expansion of the alliance to the east. And the documents prepared by Moscow are, in fact, a direct continuation of this dialogue between the presidents. Dialogue, which has noticeably intensified lately. And, despite diametrically opposite points of view, he became constructive, which is confirmed by both sides.
Source: Вести.Ru by www.vesti.ru.
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