Putin-Biden call discussed not military interests but “current political situation” in Ukraine, says Kremlin spokesman

Echoing remarks made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier on Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia wanted to continue a dialogue on Ukraine, which is “simply not going in the right…

Putin-Biden call discussed not military interests but “current political situation” in Ukraine, says Kremlin spokesman

Echoing remarks made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier on Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia wanted to continue a dialogue on Ukraine, which is “simply not going in the right direction.”

Putin-Biden call discussed not military interests but “current political situation” in Ukraine, says Kremlin spokesman

On Tuesday, Putin reportedly used a phone call with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to place “direct criticism” on Kiev about its treatment of eastern Ukrainian protesters. If Putin’s call with Biden is any indication, the Russian government may have been equally outspoken in voicing dissatisfaction about the relations between Russia and the United States in recent days. On Monday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov suggested that Russia was reviewing diplomatic ties with the United States over U.S. support for a non-governmental candidate in Colombia’s presidential elections.

The Kremlin-NATO hotline, which was established amid tension between Moscow and Western governments following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, has not been used since last March, even though Russia has reacted to some of NATO’s military exercises with military strikes against Ukraine.

Peskov reiterated on Tuesday that the Kremlin hoped NATO would “suspend its actions” and resolve concerns with bilateral relations with Russia.

Putin-Biden call involved direct discussion on political situation in Ukraine, says Kremlin spokesman

On Tuesday, Putin reportedly used a phone call with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to place “direct criticism” on Kiev about its treatment of eastern Ukrainian protesters. If Putin’s call with Biden is any indication, the Russian government may have been equally outspoken in voicing dissatisfaction about the relations between Russia and the United States in recent days. On Monday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov suggested that Russia was reviewing diplomatic ties with the United States over U.S. support for a non-governmental candidate in Colombia’s presidential elections.

The Kremlin-NATO hotline, which was established amid tension between Moscow and Western governments following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, has not been used since last March, even though Russia has reacted to some of NATO’s military exercises with military strikes against Ukraine.

Peskov reiterated on Tuesday that the Kremlin hoped NATO would “suspend its actions” and resolve concerns with bilateral relations with Russia.

Read the full story at The Independent.

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