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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – President Joe Biden said Friday he was “heartened” by the virtual call from Russian President Vladimir Putin during the session of the climate summit and is looking forward to working with Moscow on the issue of climate change.
“I am very heartened by President Putin’s call yesterday for the world to cooperate, promote the removal of carbon dioxide and the United States is looking forward to working with Russia and other countries in this effort,” Biden said.
On April 22, US President Joe Biden kicked off his “Climate Leaders Summit,” a two-day virtual event where dozens of world leaders plan to meet and discuss the urgency – and possible economic benefits. – a more aggressive climate action. Participants include leaders from China, Russia and the EU.
Earlier this month, the two presidents spoke on the phone and discussed a wide range of topics, including a strategic stability dialogue between Russia and the United States. During the conversation, Joe Biden suggested a bilateral in-person meeting over the next few months.
At the same time, tensions between the two nations have escalated as the United States has repeatedly accused Russia of interfering in past presidential elections. Following these allegations, the US has introduced sanctions against several Russian companies and individuals, accusing them of links to the SolarWinds hack and alleged meddling in the 2020 election.
United States President Joe Biden attends a virtual climate summit with world leaders in the East Room of the White House in Washington, USA on April 22, 2021.
Additionally, in a March interview with ABC, Biden said Putin will have to “pay a price” for suspected meddling in the presidential election and that he considers Putin a “killer” when asked if that were the case.
Putin commented on Biden’s remarks, wishing him good health and reminding him that evaluating other people is like looking in the mirror, and invited Biden to continue the discussion online.