The dialogue between American leader Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin is important and takes place at the right time, since de-escalation in the situation around Ukraine is urgently required. This was reported on Tuesday, December 7, at the Austrian Foreign Ministry.
“De-escalation at the Russian-Ukrainian border is urgently needed. The current situation is fire hazardous and extremely alarming, ”the ministry said in an interview with TASS.
The Austrian Foreign Ministry noted that the dialogue between the United States and Russia at the highest level is especially important, since it takes place at the right time. At the same time, the department clarified that for the European Union (EU) as a whole, as well as for Austria in particular, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine is not questioned.
Putin’s talks with Biden took place earlier that day and lasted two hours. At the beginning of the conversation, the American leader said that he hoped to meet with the Russian president in person in the future.
Bloomberg, in turn, reported that after a meeting with Putin, the leaders of the UK and a number of European countries will discuss with Biden the results of the summit talks.
It was noted that during the conversation the heads of state could discuss the situation in Ukraine, NATO’s eastward expansion, the international agenda, and could also touch upon Afghanistan and the issue of bilateral relations.
At the same time, recently, Western media have been publishing materials that allegedly refer to a possible Russian attack on Ukraine. The spokesman for the EU’s foreign policy service Peter Stano said on December 7 that the EU does not accept any aggression against Ukraine and will respond toughly if Russia tries to carry out an attack on it.
A day earlier, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov stressed that the Kremlin sees clearly aggressive rhetoric of the West about Ukraine and media stuffing about the allegedly planned Russian invasion of this country. According to him, tension in Ukraine can be removed only by receiving a guarantee that Kiev has abandoned a possible solution to the problem of Donbass by force.
Accusations of an allegedly possible attack on Kiev have been repeatedly denied in Moscow.