Tuesday’s talks between the Russian and US presidents come at a very “complex” time, with strained relations further complicated by “fake news” alleging an impending invasion of Ukraine by Moscow, the Kremlin told RT.
“We see a lot of fake news about Russia’s allegedly planned ‘aggression’ against Ukraine being peddled,” Dmitry Peskov told RT in an exclusive interview ahead of talks between his boss, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and US leader Joe Biden.
“At the same time, we do not hear a single word addressed to Ukraine, not a single warning addressed to Kiev that they do not even think about trying to resolve the situation in the south-east. [of Ukraine] by force, “ he added.
The US-led NATO alliance has been extremely aggressive towards Russia in recent times, Peskov said, arguing that this further complicates the situation ahead of the talks. The activities of the block are very “regarding” for Moscow, he added, stressing that the country is taking measures to protect its interests.
“We see NATO displaying an extremely hostile stance, we hear the rhetoric of [NATO Secretary General Jens] Stoltenberg, rhetoric from various representatives of the United States. All speak of the non-recognition of the “red lines”, that NATO will do what it wants, where it wants – and all this to “contain” Russia “, said the official.
The rare talks between the two presidents will be held by secure video link. The chain was established years ago under previous US administrations, “When something constructive was still present” in US-Russian relations, Peskov revealed.
The online meeting comes five months after Putin and Biden met in Geneva. Although the two presidents described the talks as productive, they did not bring any breakthrough for Russian-American relations, which continued to deteriorate.
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