February 1, 2023

Call between Biden and Putin was “professional and substantive” but no promise made by Russia not to invade Ukraine, Senior Administration Official says

President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin participate in a tete-a-tete during a U.S.-Russia Summit on Wednesday
President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin participate in a tete-a-tete during a U.S.-Russia Summit

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Saturday for more than an hour and their conversation was “professional and substantive,” a senior administration official told reporters on Saturday.

The official said it remained unclear, however, what President Putin intends to do, although both leaders agreed that the two countries will stay engaged.

President Biden made the call from camp David in Maryland where he is spending the weekend. The call ended around 12.06 p.m.

“President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia about Russia’s escalating military buildup on the borders of Ukraine,” the White House said in a readout. “President Biden was clear that, if Russia undertakes a further invasion of Ukraine, the United States together with our Allies and partners will respond decisively and impose swift and severe costs on Russia.”

The White House added that “President Biden reiterated that a further Russian invasion of Ukraine would produce widespread human suffering and diminish Russia’s standing. President Biden was clear with President Putin that while the United States remains prepared to engage in diplomacy, in full coordination with our Allies and partners, we are equally prepared for other scenarios.”


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