Moscow gave the impression to be placing the ball in President Biden’s courtroom Friday concerning potential talks between him and Vladimir Putin, days after he raised tensions between the 2 world superpowers by describing his Russian counterpart as a killer who would “pay a worth” for making an attempt to intrude within the 2020 presidential election.
Putin challenged Biden on Thursday to talk with him in a “dwell,” on-air dialog — and now it’s the USA’ flip to make the subsequent transfer, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov instructed.
“An inquiry has been made and there may be both a solution or the absence of a solution to it,” Peskov advised reporters Friday, in accordance with the TASS Russian Information Company. “The absence of a solution is mostly a refusal from such communication.”
Peskov additionally talked about that the primary telephone name between Russian and American leaders following Biden’s inauguration was initiated by the U.S.
“And now, in gentle of President Putin’s initiative, the Russian facet is exhibiting initiative itself and sending it by way of diplomatic channels,” he added. “It is going to watch for a response.”
Putin instructed holding the dwell dialog as quickly as Friday or Monday, whereas noting that he needs to “chill out a little bit” this weekend by heading to the forested area in northern Russia, often known as the tiaga.
“We’re prepared any time that’s handy for the American facet,” he mentioned Thursday.
Throughout the White Home press briefing Thursday, press secretary Jen Psaki was requested about Putin’s request.
“I don’t have something to report back to you when it comes to a future assembly,” Psaki mentioned. “The president will, in fact, be in Georgia tomorrow and fairly busy.”
When requested by reporters if Biden regretted his remarks, Psaki additionally mentioned, “Nope.”
“The president gave a direct reply to a direct query,” she added.
Peskov, talking about issues Putin may say to Biden throughout any potential talks, mentioned “there are points that concern bilateral relations… There are points associated to ongoing allegations towards Russia, aimed toward placing all of the blame on Russia,” in accordance with TASS.
Fox Information’ Caitlin McFall and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.