The American side did not support the proposal of Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold a conversation with US President Joe Biden, follows from the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“We state with regret that the American side did not support the proposal of Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold a conversation with US President George Biden on March 19 or 22 this year. in the format of a videoconference in an open mode to discuss the accumulated bilateral problems, as well as topics of strategic stability,” the statement says. In this regard, another opportunity was missed to find a way out of the impasse in relations between Russia and the United States, which was formed through the fault of Washington, the ministry stressed.
On March 17, Biden said in an interview with ABC TV that Putin would be held accountable for his influence in the American elections if this was finally confirmed. During the interview, ABC journalist George Stephanopoulos also asked him: “Do you know [personally] Vladimir Putin, do you consider him a murderer?” To which Biden replied “Mmm, hmm, I do.”
The next day, the Russian president wished Biden good health and remembered the childhood adage: “I am rubber, you are glue. Bounces off me and sticks to you.” Later, the Russian leader invited the American president to hold the discussion live. Biden, in turn, said that he would talk to Putin “at some stage.”
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