Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev discussed with US National Security Assistant Jake Sullivan the preparation of a meeting between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, TASS reports, citing the press service of the Russian Security Council apparatus.
They stressed that the telephone conversation took place on the initiative of the American side. Patrushev and Sullivan also talked about possible directions in the development of Russian-American cooperation and about the problems associated with the participation of countries in the Open Skies Treaty.
The Secretary of the Security Council drew the interlocutor’s attention to the inadmissibility of American interference in the internal affairs of the Russian Federation and its allies. In addition, he pointed to the unsubstantiatedness of the accusations against Russia, on the basis of which anti-Russian sanctions were imposed.
The Russian side also confirmed its readiness to continue the dialogue with Washington “in the interests of normalizing relations” between the countries, despite the “non-constructive steps of the American side.”