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U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin exchanged greetings at the beginning of negotiations, the main topic of which will be the situation around Ukraine, reports UNN.
Thus, the media broadcast the beginning of the talks.
"Greetings, Mr. President," Putin said at the beginning of the conversation.
Biden then tuned in and replied, "Congratulations! Good to see you again. Unfortunately, last time we didn't meet at the G20. I hope next time we meet in person."
After that, the broadcast was stopped.
The media also showed some footage from the virtual meeting.
Recall that today's conversation between the two leaders is the fifth since Biden assumed the office of U.S. president. The two heads of state spoke three times on the phone, and in mid-June they held a face-to-face meeting in Geneva.
The topic of today's conversation is expected to be Russia's military buildup around Ukraine and its temporarily occupied territories.
Earlier, it was reported that U.S. President Joe Biden is now weighing the possibility of imposing a wide range of sanctions against Russia designed to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from invading Ukraine.
Biden intends to call the leaders of the countries again after his conversation with Putin to discuss the results of the negotiations.
Also after the meeting with the Russian leader, the US head of state plans to call Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. At the same time, according to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, we should not expect any breakthroughs.
"After Biden's conversation with Putin, we will know what was discussed. That is, there will be contacts at the highest and highest level," said the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
It should be noted that Ukrainian authorities and Western partners have recently been drawing attention to Russia's aggravation of the security situation in Donbass, the build-up of Russian forces along the border with Ukraine, the danger of a new Russian invasion and the intensification of Russian disinformation.