ROUNDUP: Putin and Biden start video summit – Ukraine conflict in the center
Russian President Vladimir Putin. © dicus63 / iStock Editorial / Getty Images Plus / Getty Images
MOSCOW / WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US colleague Joe Biden started their video summit on Tuesday, including on the growing tensions in the Ukraine conflict. Russian state television showed the Kremlin chief at his desk in front of a screen. The two heads of state greeted each other. Biden said, “Good to see you again.” Unfortunately, the Kremlin chief was not at the G20 summit in Rome at the end of October. Next time he wants to meet Putin personally again, said Biden.
According to the Kremlin, the two are connected by a specially protected and tap-proof line for the negotiations, which are scheduled for several hours. According to the Kremlin, the conversation, which began shortly after 4 p.m. CET, should also be about possible mutual security guarantees between Russia and NATO. Putin recently called on the western military alliance to end its eastward expansion and demanded written guarantees for this.
In the Ukraine conflict, Russia is also demanding an assurance that the US-backed government in Kiev will not launch an attack on the regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions controlled by pro-Russian separatists. The Minsk peace plan agreed in 2015 continues to apply, it said in Moscow.
The US has been accusing Russia of deploying troops not far from the border with Ukraine for weeks. According to this, a Russian invasion of the ex-Soviet republic is feared in the West. Russia rejects this and accuses Ukraine of having deployed more than 120,000 soldiers on the line to the separatist areas.
As heads of state, Putin and Biden met in person for the first time in Geneva in June. The video summit on Tuesday should also focus on cybersecurity in both countries, as well as the Iranian nuclear program and other international conflicts./mau/DP/nas
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