According to Blinken, who is in Stockholm for the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting, Biden and Putin are primarily discussing escalation of tensions on Ukraine’s western border.

“It is likely that the presidents will be speaking to each other directly in the near future,” said Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

Earlier on Thursday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov announced on state television that Putin may meet Biden in the coming days.

Ryabkov stressed that the date of the meeting has not yet been set, as it is difficult to find a common date in the calendar of both presidents. But he stressed that “communication is absolutely necessary because we have multiple problems.”

The only area where our relationship improves is in the START system, where normal work begins. But the presidents need to give us and their teams a boost to move forward on other issues. Ryabkov said the situation in Europe is very worrying.

The only meeting so far between Biden and Putin took place in Geneva in mid-June.


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