MOSCOW — The Kremlin said Friday that President Vladimir Putin’s offer to speak by phone with U.S. President Joe Biden was intended to forestall bilateral ties from fully falling apart over the American’s remark that the Russian leader was a killer.
Putin made it clear that “it makes sense to have a talk to maintain Russia-U.S. relations instead of trading barbs,” and he wanted to make it public to assist defuse tensions over Biden’s “very bad remarks,” said his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.
Asked by journalists Friday if he’ll take Putin up on his offer to have a call, Biden said, “I’m clear we’ll talk at some point.”
In an interview broadcast Wednesday, Biden spoke back “I carry out” when asked if he thought Putin was a “killer.” Russia responded by recalling its ambassador in Washington for consultations and Putin on Thursday pointed at the U.S. history of slavery, slaughtering Native Americans and the atomic bombing of Japan in World War II in an “it-takes-one-to-know-one” response.
At the same time, Putin famend that Russia would unexcited cooperate with the United States where and when it helps Moscow’s pursuits, adding that “a lot of factual and decent folks within the U.S. want to have peace and friendship with Russia.”
He proposed the phone call with Biden within the following few days to talk about the coronavirus pandemic, regional conflicts and other concerns, and he urged that the conversation be start to the public.
Peskov said Putin’s offer to make the call public was intended to forestall Biden’s statement from inflicting irreparable damage to the already-frayed ties.
“Since Biden’s phrases were relatively unheard of, unheard of formats can’t be excluded,” Peskov said. “President Putin proposed to talk about the situation brazenly because it’d be fascinating for the individuals of both nations.”
Peskov said the Kremlin hasn’t heard back from the White Home on the offer of a call, adding that it wasn’t going to repeat the proposal.
“The seek information from has been made,” he said in a conference call with journalists. “The lack of response would mean a refusal to have a conversation.”
Calls between heads of states are normally carried out out of the public glance, nonetheless in a single exception last June, the hole part of Putin’s video call with French President Emmanuel Macron was televised.
In taking a tough stance on Russia, Biden has said the days of the U.S. “rolling over” to Putin are performed. And he has taken pains to contrast his model with the approach of ragged President Donald Trump, who avoided allege confrontation with Putin and repeatedly spoke about him with approval.
White Home press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would proceed to examine to cooperate on efforts to stem Iran’s nuclear program and, more broadly, nuclear nonproliferation. But she said Biden did now not be apologetic about referring to Putin as a killer and pushed back against strategies the rhetoric was unhelpful.
Russia’s relations with the United States and the European Union already had plunged to put up-Frosty War lows after Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, meddling in elections, hacking attacks and, most unbiased lately, the jailing of Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny after his poisoning, which he blamed on the Kremlin. Russian authorities rejected the accusations.
Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, forecast that the Russia-U.S. ties will remain bitterly strained within the coming years and spoke about the want to point of interest on combating any military incidents between them.
“Essentially the most important factor in relations with the U.S. for a foreseeable point of view is to avoid an inadvertent military warfare,” Trenin said in a commentary, adding that Moscow and Washington have the necessary communications channels. “It’s necessary to forestall potential incidents between the armed forces of Russia, the U.S. and its allies, their aircraft and ships, or if they unexcited happen, settle them immediately.”
On Wednesday, the U.S. national intelligence director’s office released a document finding that Putin authorized affect operations to assist Trump’s reelection jabber. The Biden administration warned that Russia would face sanctions quickly over its attempt to affect the election and the massive SolarWinds hacks.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan weighed within the controversy, saying Biden’s statement about Putin was “unbecoming of a head of state.”
“It really is now not acceptable or palatable for a head of state to expend such an expression against the head of a state such as Russia,” Erdogan told journalists in Istanbul. He praised Putin’s response as “very astute and elegant.”
Erdogan’s feedback came as Turkey’s efforts toward a reset of its disquieted relations with the U.S. remain unanswered. Since Biden’s inauguration in January, he has now not held a phone call with Erdogan.
Associated Press writers Zeke Miller in Washington, Daria Litvinova in Moscow and Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, contributed.
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