Biden blinked first! Putin gloating Russia has upper hand over US – bitter showdown looms
During a call yesterday with the Russian President, Mr Biden offered to hold the summit on neutral ground amid growing tensions between Moscow and Washington over border conflicts with Ukraine.
Increasing numbers of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine sparked widespread alarm and warnings from NATO.
But during his call with Mr Putin, the US President reaffirmed Washington’s support for Kiev’s pro-Western government.
He urged Russia to “de-escalate tensions” but also offered to hold his first face-to-face talk with Mr Putin on “the full range of issues facing the US and Russia”.
Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Russian parliament’s upper house, said the conversation was a “very important step forward”.