The Kremlin said on Thursday that a phone call took place yesterday between the two top security officials in the United States and Russia as part of preparations for talks between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, the latest sign of Moscow’s desire for a second summit between them.
The Kremlin said Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan discussed cyber security issues, Ukraine and the situation of migrants at the Belarus border in the phone call.
“This was all in the framework of preparations for a … high-level contact,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Peskov had repeatedly raised during recent media briefings the possibility of holding a second summit between Biden and Putin to follow up on their first meeting, which was held in Geneva in June, despite the growing differences between Moscow and Washington.
Last week, the United States accused Russia of threatening Ukraine and conducting a missile test in space that left debris that could threaten the International Space Station.
Russia accused Washington of provocative maneuvers in the Black Sea.
Despite these and other tensions, the two countries have maintained high-level contacts in recent weeks, including the visit of CIA Director William Burns to Moscow.
Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported on November 10 that the two leaders may meet in person in early 2022 and talk via video link before the end of this year. In a conference call with reporters, Peskov dismissed what he described as media reports that Russia was waging “all-out unconventional war” in Europe.
“It is in Russia’s interest that everyone in Europe comes to his senses and stops seeing it as the cause of all his problems and that he tackles the root causes of the problems that are now stifling Europe,” he said.
The European Union last week accused Russia’s ally Belarus of launching an unconventional attack by pushing waves of migrants towards its border with EU member Poland, a charge Belarus denies.