The result of the conversation could affect the talks between Russia and the US on security guarantees, scheduled for January 10
Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the initiative to talk with the US President belonged to Vladimir Putin. He stressed that this will be a phone call and not a video conferencing session like the previous time.
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“Therefore, there is no public part there,” said Peskov, stressing that the Kremlin press service will release a message following the conversation.
As for the late call time (23.30 Moscow time), according to the Kremlin speaker, this is “It has never been a problem for Putin.” “At this time, he is still actively working,” the press secretary emphasized.
Peskov explained that the purpose of the telephone conversation was “to continue the discussion of those issues that were on the agenda the day of the recent conversation between Putin and Biden on the videoconferencing. ”
In addition, contact between the two presidents is necessary in connection with the negotiations, which should begin immediately after the New Year holidays, from January 10.
On the agenda, according to Peskov, there are very complex substances: Russia has formulated its positions and proposals to the United States and NATO, “therefore now, from Putin's point of view, there is a need for another conversation, which would precede the start of negotiations “.
Peskov clarified that the president has no plans to convene the Security Council after talking with Biden to discuss its content.
Earlier, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that negotiations between Russia and the United States in Geneva on security guarantees would take place on January 10, and “there is no alternative to this date.” The Russian delegation will be headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the American one by First Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.
As Maria Zakharova stated, in Geneva Russia will seek firm security guarantees from the United States, despite the fact that the EU and NATO there is no single line regarding Russian proposals.