Kate Bedingfield, White House communications director, said: “He (the President) said yesterday that he would be willing to meet or speak to President Putin again.” They do not want to set any preconditions for a talk, except: There must be “a noticeable de-escalation on the part of Russia and a clear, genuine commitment to diplomacy”.
With the beginning of the Ukraine war, the leadership of the United States refused to negotiate with Russia. “Invasion plans for a sovereign country are not a suitable basis for a summit,” Joe Biden said a month ago. After calling Putin a “murderous dictator, a pure criminal” last week, the Americans are apparently also trying to reduce hostilities.
Last week, the US President held talks with Western leaders at the NATO and G7 summits, as well as with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday.
As part of yesterday’s negotiations between Ukraine and Russia in Istanbul, Moscow’s leadership announced that it would refrain from a current “storming of Kyiv” in order to help calm the situation and create a better basis for ceasefire negotiations.