US President Joe Biden held a 50-minute telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The American leader pointed to the dichotomy of further relations between the countries.
Biden voiced the version of both a possible de-escalation of tension through diplomacy and sanctions against the Russian Federation. A high-ranking representative of the Washington administration told reporters about this.
The first approach, according to Biden, is the path of diplomacy leading to de-escalation of the situation. The second path is more focused on deterrence and economic measures, especially if Russia will send troops to Ukraine.
Russian diplomat, presidential aide Yuri Ushakov clarified that the American leader did not say which actions of the Russian Federation could lead to sanctions.
Biden mentioned only the so-called “large-scale sanctions, which many are already talking about in the West.” Then Putin noted that it would be a major mistake, which could lead to a complete rupture of relations.
Ushakova stressed that the essence of the last conversation was different, in order to continue the exchange of views on those issues that Russia “seriously worries “.
The journalists clarified what they mean when they talk about the possible” severing of ties with the West. ” Ushakov replied that so far this does not imply anything, so it is not known what “large-scale sanctions” are.