White House spokesman Jen Psaki commented on the statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin about the readiness to conduct an open online conversation with American leader Joe Biden.
“I have nothing to tell you, in terms of future negotiations, the president will be in Georgia tomorrow and will be very busy,” she said during a briefing broadcast on the White House YouTube channel.
Psaki also noted that Biden does not regret his statement about the Russian leader.
Earlier Thursday, Putin offered to hold an open online conversation with the American head of state in connection with the latter’s statement that Russia must “pay the price” for its “interference” in the US elections. According to Biden, he had previously had a “long conversation” with Putin, noting that he knew him “quite well”. At the same time, he allegedly warned the Russian leader about a possible response.
On March 18, Putin responded to the accusations of the American leader, wishing him good health and recalling the children’s tease “whoever calls his name is called that.”
Biden’s statement was preceded by the publication on March 16 of a report by the National Intelligence Office, in which Moscow was accused of meddling in the US elections. Russian statesmen have been accused of trying to help Donald Trump’s re-election and obstructing Biden in the presidential election. Washington has already announced the adoption of new anti-Russian sanctions.
The Kremlin expressed regret that the reason for the next sanctions is “low-quality materials.” As the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov said, this will harm “the already ailing Russian-American relations.”
On March 20, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov will fly to Moscow for consultations. During the talks at the Russian Foreign Ministry and other departments, it is planned to discuss ways to straighten out the Russian-American ties that are in crisis.