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ROUNDUP: Putin and Biden start video summit – Ukraine conflict in the center

Tuesday, 07.12.2021 16:46 from

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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.

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