Biden Has Another Tense Call With Putin

Biden speaks with Putin, suggests summit

As a new report from American intelligence said Russian Federation was not seeking direct conflict with the United States, the White House revealed Biden had spoken by phone with Putin to propose a summit between the two leaders at a neutral venue.

Amid the recent tensions, the United States notified Turkey that two USA warships would sail to the Black Sea on April 14 and April 15 and stay there until May 4 and May 5.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba will pay a working visit to NATO Headquarters in Brussels on April 13, where he will take part in an extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission to discuss Russia's aggravation of the security situation.

The Western alliance denies any such plans.

"Russia has moved thousands of combat troops to Ukraine's borders, the largest massing of Russian troops since the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014". They follow U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's warning that Moscow would face "consequences" for aggressive behavior in eastern Ukraine, where increased clashes and Russian military buildup have sparked worldwide concern.

"By gathering today, we try to avoid the mistake that was made in 2014 when Russian Federation was ready to act swiftly and pursue its military goals", Kuleba said.

Kyiv has welcomed the show of Western support, but it falls short of Ukraine's desire for full membership of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Kuleba said Kyiv wanted a diplomatic solution, though he also appealed for further economic sanctions against Moscow and more military assistance to Ukraine.

Fresh Covid case in New Zealand as it prepares travel bubble
The suspension is temporary because "we do have obligations to allow citizens to return to New Zealand", Ardern says. The PM said she recognised the difficulty the suspension will cause for some citizens attempting to return home.

In contrast to former president Donald Trump's reluctance to criticize Putin, Biden came into office in January openly attacking what he says is the Kremlin's meddling in USA elections, mounting of a huge cyber attack past year, and the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. "Over the last days, several Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in eastern Ukraine", he said. The White House added that Biden made clear that Russian Federation must "de-escalate tensions".

In a surprise move Tuesday, Biden also used the call to suggest a summit with Putin somewhere other than in the United States or Russian Federation.

The White House said that the two leaders "discussed a number of regional and global issues, including the intent of the United States and Russian Federation to pursue a strategic stability dialogue on a range of arms control and emerging security issues, building on the extension of the New START Treaty".

However, she expressed United States skepticism over how much could be achieved in relations with Putin's Russian Federation.

In the past three weeks, the Russian military has deployed two armies and three airborne formations to western regions "as a response to the alliance's military activities threatening Russia", the defence minister said.

In its readout of the Biden-Putin call, the Kremlin said "both sides expressed their readiness to continue dialogue on the most important areas of ensuring global security". A summit meeting was proposed.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Stoltenberg expressed the Western military alliance's "unwavering" support for Ukraine during a news conference on Tuesday with Ukraine's foreign minister, calling the Russian movements "unjustified, unexplained and deeply concerning".

Related News:

Most liked

Biden to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11
Many Republicans slammed the decision as premature, but other GOP lawmakers cheered USA troops finally coming home. It will also reignite political division over America's involvement in what many have called "the endless war".

COVID-19 on Vancouver Island: B.C
All of these individuals were seen at various community respiratory clinics where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19. Since the online vaccine portal opened on April 6, 730,000 people have registered and 200,000 have booked their shot.

Explained: How Japan plans to release contaminated Fukushima water into the ocean
The dilution process won't remove tritium from the water but could reduce other radionuclides to safe levels, it said. The steady release of even a small amount of radioactive material will have a lasting effect on marine life.

Taiwan reports largest entrance to ADIZ by China
By contrast, it's too early to discuss a boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in China , he said. A recent State Department report said the same .

Multiple victims, including police officer, in latest United States school shooting - authorities
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee mentioned the shooting at a news conference but said he had little information. I thanked him for putting his life on the line to protect students and staff at the school.

Army officer sues Virginia police over violent traffic stop CBS News
He then stopped at a petrol station and kept his hands outside the window, while asking the policemen why he was being stopped. When two Windsor police officers, guns drawn, ordered him to get out, he said, "I'm honestly afraid to get out".

Commission eyes US Supreme Court expansion
A number of progressive groups have urged Breyer to retire while Democrats still control the Senate and the confirmation process. And she said the president will wait for the commission to finish its work before weighing in about the size of the court.

Gaetz Faces Probe by House Ethics Over Potential Misconduct
He also represented the CEO of a social media company during special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. Tom Reed of NY , who had announced he would not be seeking re-election after the allegations first surfaced last month.

Putin Sends Queen Elizabeth II Condolences Following Prince Philip's Death
He was known for fulfilling more than 20,000 royal engagements to boost British interests at home and overseas . Philip was an honorary member of the MCC and of the Jockey Club, which owns racecourses in Britain.

Evacuation taking place in St. Vincent as volcano deteriorates
He said that his government will follow the science and will continue to take the advice of Robertson and his team of scientists. He also said that he was talking to Caribbean governments to accept people's ID cards if they don't have a passport.

Is Russia about to launch a fresh offensive in eastern Ukraine?
Mr Kozak suggested the rebels could hold their own for now against Ukrainian forces as they consisted of "battle-hardened units". The ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine began in April 2014.

Ontario to issue 4-week Stay-At-Home order starting Thursday
Ontario has issued a new stay-at-home order today to fight an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases fuelled by variants of the virus. Move would close all non-essential businesses to in-person shopping, restrict non-essential sections of big box stores.

Use-of-Force Trainer Testifies in Chauvin Trial
Johnny Mercil took the stand on Tuesday and had taught a use of force training class attended by Derek Chauvin in October 2018. Prosecutor Steve Schleicher asked Mercil if that restraint was part of the training at the Minneapolis Police Department.

President Biden Shortens Vaccine Eligibility Timeline
Biden has now set the goal of getting 200 million vaccines to his fellow countrymen in the first 100 days of his administration.

Rockies to host MLB's All-Star Game amid controversy over Georgia voting law
Coors Field in Denver has been chosen to host this year's All-Star Game, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney on Monday. Almost 30% of the businesses in Atlanta are black-owned, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.