WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden made his first call on Tuesday with Vladimir Putin, raising concerns about the arrest of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, while he told the Russian president on his nation’s involvement in a massive cyberspace campaign Suppressed and announced a reward on American troops in Afghanistan. Two senior administration officials said.
Biden has tried to establish a sharp break from the heated rhetoric displayed towards Putin by his predecessor, Donald Trump. According to officials, the next president also looked to preserve room for the diplomat, telling the Russian leader that the two nations should finalize a five-year extension of an arms control treaty before it expires early next month . But are not authorized to discuss it publicly.
Unlike his immediate predecessors, Biden has not anticipated a “reset” in relations with Russia, but instead has indicated that he is not necessarily a pre-Cold War enemy without resolving them or improving relations. Wants to manage differences with. And, with heavy domestic agendas and emerging decisions on Iran and China, a direct confrontation with Russia is not something it wants.
According to officials, Moscow reached out last week to request the call. Biden agreed but first wanted to prepare with his staff and speak with European allies, including leaders from Britain, France and Germany.
And before his call with Putin on Tuesday, Biden spoke to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, promising the United States commitment to a decades-old alliance established as a bulwark against the Russian invasion.
Biden told Putin that his administration was assessing allegations by SolarWind Breach and the press that Russia offered the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan. Biden said that the United States is ready to defend itself and will take action, which may include further sanctions, to ensure that Moscow does not take any action according to administration officials.
A readout of the call from the Kremlin was not immediately available.
The call came as Putin concedes after pro-Navy protests in more than 100 Russian cities over the weekend. Biden’s team has already reacted strongly to the action of the protests, arresting more than 3,700 people across Russia, including more than 1,400 people in Moscow. More protests are planned for the coming weekend.
Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner and fierce critic of Putin, was arrested on 17 January as he returned to Russia from Germany, where he spent nearly five months recovering from the venom of the nerve-agent that he accuses the Kremlin. Biden previously condemned the use of chemical weapons.
Russian officials denied the allegations.
Trump had long been fond of Putin and often raised doubts over Russian interference in the 2016 elections when he stood next to Putin at the 2018 summit in Helsinki. He also dismissed allegations of Russia’s involvement in federal government agencies’ hack last year and Russia’s offer to the Taliban.
Despite this outrageous approach, his administration built a hard line against Moscow, imposing sanctions on the country, issues ranging from Ukraine to Russian companies and business leaders to energy supplies and attacks on dissidents.
Biden broke up sharply with Trump in his call with Putin, stating that he knew Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 and 2020 elections. But he also stressed the need to extend the last remaining US-Russia arms control treaty, New Start, which is scheduled to expire in early February. US officials have expressed confidence of reaching an agreement that would provide transparency in each nation’s nuclear arsenal.
Biden told reporters on Monday that he hoped the US and Russia could cooperate in areas where both benefit.
“I think we can both act in mutual interest of our countries as a new agreement and make it clear to Russia that we are very concerned about their behavior, whether it is the Navy, whether it is SolarWind Be it or report the rewards on the head to Americans in Afghanistan, ”Biden said.
Biden’s approach has met with approval from some former US diplomats who have compromised with Russia and are eager to see how Biden’s team, which includes national security adviser Jake Sullivan and his nominees, the State Department, Victoria will arrive at number 3 in Newland. Contrary to Russia policy.
Nuland, who held a Europe portfolio in the State Department in President Barack Obama’s second term, has been amended by Putin and his allies to support pro-Western leaders, especially in Ukraine. He and Sullivan are said to have shared opinions about dealing with Moscow, taking a stricter stance on human rights and Russia’s intentions and keeping an open channel for the Kremlin on other matters in Eastern and Central Europe Russia’s intention.
But his initial position is complex, he says, particularly given Putin’s experience in dealing with Trump, who often underlines his own administration’s stern stance on Russia in private by trying to cohabit the leader of Russia We do. Trump, too, was often ill-prepared for foreign leader calls, ignoring staff warnings, limiting those who could hear the call, and especially what little discussion was discussed with Putin after the call. .
“It’s tough, but it’s remarkable,” Daniel Fried, an American ambassador to Poland and assistant secretary of state for European affairs in the George W. Bush administration. “They are going to detect it on the fly, but it is important to pursue New Start without hesitation and to return to Navalny’s arrest and other issues without offense.”
Fried said that as long as he is with the Atlantic Council, he said he does not need to tell Putin that he will accept New Start until he leaves Navalny, SolarWind or Afghanistan. will not do. “You have to be pushed back and you can’t let Putin set the conditions.”