Biden also intended to support Russia’s sovereignty and stated its goal of extending a nuclear weapons treaty with Russia for five years.
According to a readout of the call by the Biden administration, the deal agreed to “immediately work” to extend the nuclear treaty by 5 February. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty limits nuclear weapons deployed by two nations to 1,550.
“They also agreed to explore a strategic stability discussion on a range of arms control and emerging security issues,” the readout said.
According to the readout, Biden and Putin agreed to communicate transparently and consistently.
“Their purpose was also to clarify that the United States would act strongly in defense of our national interests in response to blasphemous actions by Russia,” Saki told reporters.
Biden’s agenda for his call with Putin struck a decidedly different tone than that of former President Donald Trump, which was the subject of critical criticism for his relatively soft rhetoric towards Russia, particularly his foreign policy Relative to the broader US-first approach. Trump tried to downplay widely accepted evidence about the Kremlin’s 2016 election intervention, at one point telling reporters that he would take the word of the Russian president of the American intelligence community on the issue.
Biden has vowed to ask the Trump administration to turn the page and take a strong stand against the Kremlin over US-Russia relations.
In April 2018, Trump blamed poor relations between the US and Russia over the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Muller of possible collusion between the Kremlin and Trump’s campaign. The investigation found no Trump-Russia conspiracy but established that Russia interfered in the 2016 election in a “broad and systematic fashion”. Muller’s report found repeated communications between Trump’s aides and those who indicated he had potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
On the massive hack in federal agencies exposed in December – which intelligence agencies said was likely that Russia is doing – Trump baselessly suggested it could be China. Biden has promised a powerful response to the campaign.
“My administration will make cybersecurity a top priority at every level of government,” Biden said in a statement, “and we will work with a top priority to deal with this breach from the time we take office.”
After less than a week in office, Biden has been on call with several prominent foreign leaders, including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Are included.
In view of Trump’s foreign policy, Biden vows to “restore globally eminent leadership and lead honors on the world stage”.