Monday, February 26

President Putin Wants to Discuss Mutual Security Guarantees with Joe Biden

Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to discuss mutual security guarantees with his US counterpart Joe Biden during a scheduled video conference on Tuesday.

 

This is reported by the Interfax news agency on the authority of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Putin had recently called on NATO to halt its eastward expansion and demanded written guarantees. In addition, the superpower wants to prevent the former Soviet neighbours Ukraine and Georgia from joining the alliance. In return, Russia is willing to give the West military guarantees.

The high tensions in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine will be the main topic of discussion between Putin and Biden. The US accuses Russia of deploying troops on the border with Ukraine, but Moscow denies it. However, the West is convinced that Russia will use military force to counter an offensive by Ukrainian armed forces in areas controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

Poeten and Biden will also discuss months of negotiations on a new nuclear disarmament initiative between the two major nuclear powers on Tuesday. Following numerous cyber-attacks, discussions are also planned on cyber security and the Iranian nuclear program and other international conflicts.

The conversation between Putin and Biden will start on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Belgian time and will reportedly last until the evening.

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