Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that yesterday’s conversation between Vladimir Putin and the new American leader Joe Biden took place at the initiative of the Russian side, RIA Novosti writes.
The main topic of the conversation was the extension of the START Treaty, a Kremlin spokesman confirmed.
“We offered to hold this conversation, in general, in order to congratulate once again, which did President Putin, his American colleague, with the beginning of his work as the President of America,” Peskov specified, speaking with the press.
“The experts have finalized their work, and, in fact, the heads of state have confirmed the existence of such an agreement,” he added, commenting on the discussion by the leaders of the Russian Federation and the United States on the ratification of the agreement on the extension of the START Treaty.
Peskov called the conversation between the two presidents “working and frank.” “Moreover, if you remember, Biden and Putin met in 2011 in Moscow, and even then they agreed to speak with each other quite frankly,” said the spokesman for the Russian leader. He clarified that the conversation lasted a little over 35 minutes.
The day before, the heads of Russia and the United States spoke on the phone, as a result of which they instructed employees to work urgently in order to have time to extend the START treaty. On the same day, Putin submitted to the Duma a draft law on the ratification of the agreement.