[WORLD-NEWS] Washington, Moscow Discuss Possible Biden-Putin Summit


Advisors to US President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin discussed on Monday the possibility of a summit between the two amid strained bilateral relations, the White House said.

Days after the United States slapped fresh sanctions on Russia and expelled 10 Russian diplomats, Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone with Nikolay Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council, the White House said in a statement.

They discussed unspecified bilateral issues “as well as regional and global matters of concern,” it said.

They also talked about “prospect of a presidential summit between the United States and Russia,” agreeing to “stay in touch.”

On April 15 the Biden administration hit Russia with new sanctions and expelled the diplomats, citing the country’s interference in the 2020 elections and masterminding the Solar Winds hacking operation discovered in December which compromised thousands of US government and private sector computer networks.

Moscow retaliated by blacklisting a number of current and former senior US government security officials.


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