Moscow reacted on April 16 to Joe Biden’s comments about the need for a “de-escalation” in diplomatic relations between Russia and the United States. “The views of the two heads of state coincide,” commented the Kremlin.
The Kremlin deemed it positive on April 16 that the US president, like Vladimir Putin, wants dialogue, after Joe Biden called the day before for “de-escalation”. “President Putin has [le premier] talked about the need to normalize relationships and a de-escalation […] It is therefore positive that the points of view of the two heads of state coincide ”, commented the spokesman of the Russian presidency Dmitri Peskov, denouncing nevertheless the American sanctions“ unacceptable ”announced the day before.
Finland also offered on the same day to host the upcoming summit between the American and Russian presidents, Helsinki announced.
The Nordic country, which had already hosted a summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in July 2018, “has informed both Washington and Moscow” of “its availability to organize” the meeting, told AFP the cabinet of Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.
On April 13, during a phone call with Vladimir Putin, the American president made the offer of a summit “in a third country” and “in the coming months”, a proposal confirmed but not yet accepted by the Kremlin , against the backdrop of tensions around Ukraine.
Joe Biden announced on April 15 a series of severe financial sanctions against Russia and the expulsion of ten Russian diplomats. Moscow has promised to fight back. “Such aggressive behavior will be fought. There will be a price to pay for the deterioration of bilateral relations, ”said Russian diplomacy spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, believing that Washington was imposing sanctions“ as a means of exerting pressure ”.