US President Joe Biden has invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to a summit “in a third country” on all topics that concern both countries.
The summit should take place sometime in the coming months, the White House reports.
Ukraine is one of those topics. Biden expressed concern about the “sudden” Russian troop build-up in occupied Ukrainian Crimea and near the border with Ukraine. He called on Putin to de-escalate, stressing that the US is firmly behind Ukraine.
Biden further made it clear that the US will respond vigorously to Russia’s actions, such as cyber-attacks and election meddling. The US president said once again that he would like to build a stable and predictable relationship with Moscow.
Among other things, the two leaders discussed arms control and their intention to engage in “strategic dialogue” on security issues.