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Putin accepts Biden’s invitation to virtual climate summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted an invitation by his US counterpart, Joe Biden, to attend an online video conference on climate change this Thursday.

Moscow, 20 April 2021 (dpa/MIA) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted an invitation by his US counterpart, Joe Biden, to attend an online video conference on climate change this Thursday.

Putin will explain Russia’s approach to overcoming the negative consequences of global climate change with a view to international cooperation, the Kremlin said on Monday.

Biden had extended the invitation to Putin to attend the two-day virtual summit during a phone call last week.

The US president also wants to meet Putin in Europe this summer for a face-to-face meeting to discuss US-Russian relations.

Putin has not yet indicated whether he will accept that invite.

The White House said in a statement on Monday that US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan had spoken with Nikolay Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council, by phone.

The two had discussed “the prospect of a presidential summit” between the US and Russia” and agreed to stay in touch.

Patrushev confirmed that the “course of preparations for a high-level meeting” had been discussed.

Washington last week imposed sanctions on Moscow and expelled 10 Russian diplomats in response to hostile activities by the country; Russian responded by expelling 10 US diplomats from the country.

Referring to accusations by the US that Russia interfered in last year’s presidential elections and was behind a cyberattack on US institutions, Patrushev stressed that no evidence had been provided.

He added, however, that Russia was ready for talks to normalize relations, including out of interest for global security.

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