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| 18 May 2021, Tuesday | النسخة العربية

Biden offered to meet Putin ‘in coming weeks’

On Tuesday, the US and Russian presidents spoke on the phone about a variety of topics, including “the intent of the US and Russia to pursue a strategic stability dialogue” on a variety of issues, and Biden suggested a bilateral meeting in person in the coming months.

US President Joe Biden invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to meet “in the coming weeks,” The US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, Blinken said the US would prefer a stable and predictable relationship with Russia. According to him, this would require certain lines of communication to exchange views on a wide range of issues.

“We would prefer a stable and predictable relationship with Russia, and that, in turn, requires open lines of communication,” Blinken said. “And that’s exactly what you saw yesterday with President Biden picking up the phone to call President Putin and also proposing that they meet in the weeks ahead.”