Biden and Putin will talk again today amid fears over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The White House confirmed a new telephone dialogue between the leaders at the request of the Kremlin. The call will be made two weeks after a videoconference of just over two hours between both leaders.
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, will again hold a telephone meeting this Thursday to address, among others, "the next diplomatic commitments" between the two countries, the White House reported.
The spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, Emily Horne, said in a statement that both leaders "will discuss a series of issues, including the upcoming diplomatic commitments with Russia."
"The Biden Administration continues to carry out extensive diplomatic work with our European allies and partners, consulting and coordinating a common approach in response to the military concentration of Russia on the border with Ukraine," Horne detailed in his writing.
The conversation was agreed upon at Putin's request, White House sources told CNN, and Biden accepted because he believes that "when it comes to Russia there is no substitute for direct leader-leader dialogue."
"At the moment, we do not have any plans to publish a document or a draft in the way that the Russian side has done. We will tackle this using our methods. We are much more focused on dealing directly with the Russian side so that they understand well what our concerns and expectations are, "said a senior White House official in a statement.
Likewise, he added that he cannot convey the reason for this call but that the dialogue will begin "based on reciprocity." He also stressed that Biden would once again get to Putin his concern about troops on the border with Ukraine.
"Getting to the end of the game, a diplomatic game, reaching meaningful understandings between the United States and Russia, or NATO and Russia, or Ukraine and Russia, can only happen in an environment where the situation is easing," he said, reiterating that this "does not mean that they cannot sit down in Geneva or Brussels" to negotiate. However "progress is not connected with de-escalation."
Biden has spoken "with leaders from across Europe," and his Administration has "engaged multilaterally with NATO, the EU, and the OSCE." In contrast, US officials have held "numerous consultations with their counterparts, including those from the other countries. on the eastern flank bilaterally and in the B9 format - Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, and Slovakia - as well as with Ukraine".
Precisely this Wednesday, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, had a telephone conversation with the President of Ukraine, Volodomir Zelenski, to whom he reiterated the "unwavering" support of the United States for "the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine against to the military development of Russia" on its borders.
In turn, they discussed the efforts being made to "peacefully resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine." They also discussed upcoming diplomatic engagements with Russia.
Regarding Blinken's meeting with the Ukrainian president, the senior White House official replied that "there is no specific call scheduled between Biden and Zelenski, but they will speak again sometime soon."
Biden and Putin held their first face-to-face last June to bring positions closer. However, in recent months, the talks between the two countries have intensified, especially after the increase in tensions on the border between Russia and Ukraine, where concerns have been raised about a possible military escalation.
The last meeting between the two leaders occurred at the beginning of the month, on December 7. Through a video call, Biden warned Putin that Washington would respond with "strong economic measures" to the eventual military escalation.
Ukraine has already monopolized the conversation due to rising tensions with Russia. It will likely do so this Thursday as well. Washington has already warned that if Moscow does not show interest in investing in a diplomatic solution to the conflict with Ukraine, it is ready to "apply measures that have not been applied in the past."