Kremlin Expects ‘No Breakthroughs’ in Putin-Biden Summit
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"There's no need to expect any breakthroughs from this conversation. It is a working conversation during a very difficult period," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters at a news briefing in Moscow on Tuesday.
"The escalation of tensions in Europe is off the scale, it is extraordinary, and this requires a personal discussion at the highest level."
Peskov expressed Moscow's regret over the White House's predictable tendency to resort to sanctions against Russia; however, he said the Russian president was ready to hear out Biden's concerns about the situation around Ukraine.
Calling for everyone to keep "a cool head," Peskov said it was vital that Putin and Biden discuss the extraordinary escalation of tensions between the two sides.
The Kremlin spokesman had said a day earlier that the virtual meeting would come at a time that the state of relations between the United States and Russia was "deplorable" with regard to the tensions escalating around Ukraine and in the Black Sea region.
During the video call, scheduled to be made at 1500 GMT, the two leaders are expected to discuss Ukraine, NATO's eastward expansion and some issues of strategic stability.
The upcoming Putin-Biden conversation is the fifth since Biden's assumption of the presidential office. The two leaders have already had three phone calls, and they also met in the Swiss city of Geneva in person in June this year.
Tensions have escalated between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine and the Black Sea region.