Late in the evening of December 30, the presidents of the United States and Russia, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, had a fifty-minute telephone conversation devoted to Ukraine.
The phone call, made at the request of the President of Russia, started at 10:35 pm (Greek time) and ended at 11:25 pm.
Both the White House and the Kremlin are expected to make statements about what the leaders of the two countries discussed.
Earlier in the White House it was reported that Biden agreed to hold a telephone conversation, because “when it comes to Russia, nothing can replace a direct dialogue between the two leaders.”
The White House administration and the Kremlin have announced that the presidents will discuss upcoming talks in January on mutual security guarantees and other topics. The White House also reported that Biden would make it clear to Putin that negotiations are impossible without consultations with the European allies and US partners.
The Washington Post wrote that Biden would threaten Putin with new sanctions and a strengthening of NATO in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, which US intelligence, according to media reports, predicts in early 2022.
The previous conversation between the two leaders took place on December 7 via video link. In it, Biden also touched upon the situation around Ukraine and warned of the consequences in the event of an aggravation of the situation. Putin, for his part, said about the “destructive line of Kiev” and his “provocative actions” against Donbass.