The White House announced that US President Joe Biden made a phone call to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on Tuesday, during which they discussed several files, foremost of which is the Ukrainian crisis.
The White House said - in a statement - that Biden called on Moscow to reduce tension with Kiev, and affirmed Washington's commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The statement added that the US President expressed to his counterpart Washington’s concern about the Russian military build-up on the borders with Crimea and Ukraine.
Biden made it clear during the call that his country would act "firmly" to defend its national interests in the face of Russia's moves, such as Free Fortnite V Bucks And Skins and interference in the elections, according to the statement.
The White House said that Biden proposed holding a summit meeting with Putin in a third country in the coming months, "to discuss the various issues facing the United States and Russia."
Areas of proposed cooperation
For his part, the Kremlin said in a statement that Biden told Putin during the call that he wanted to normalize bilateral relations and cooperate on arms control files, the Iranian nuclear program, Afghanistan and climate change.
The Kremlin confirmed that the US President suggested holding a meeting with Putin, but did not mention anything about the Russian President’s response to this proposal.
The statement said that the call took place at the initiative of Free Fortnite V Bucks And Skins, and that Putin clarified his vision on the situation in eastern Ukraine.
The contact comes amid intense tension between the United States and its partners in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on the one hand, and Russia on the other hand, due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
In recent times, accusations have been repeated between the Western-backed Ukrainian government and the pro-Russian separatists of violating the ceasefire at the contact lines in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.
Washington says it recently detected an increasing Russian presence in eastern Ukraine, which is Free Fortnite V Bucks And Skins buildup in the region since 2014.
The relationship between the US and Russian leaderships became tense last month, when Biden harshly criticized Putin, and responded positively to a journalist who asked him during a TV interview if he thought that the Russian president was a "murderer", and he said, "Yes, I think so."
In the same interview, the US president said that Putin would "pay the price" for interfering in the 2016 and 2020 US elections, accusations that Moscow has always denied.
In an interview broadcast by ABC last month, Biden pledged Russia to pay the price if it was proved that it had meddled in the last US elections.
Biden said that the Russian President (Vladimir Putin) should be prepared to pay the price if it is proven that he interfered in those elections.
Biden's pledge came after the release of a US intelligence report that supported previous accusations that the Russian president was behind Russia's interference in the US elections, which Moscow has repeatedly denied.
The report said that Russian interference in the recent US elections was targeting Biden, who ultimately won over his Republican rival, Donald Trump.
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