Putin-Biden phone talk scheduled for February 12: Kremlin
The presidents of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, plan to have a phone conversation on Saturday, February 12, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday, News.Az reports citing TASS.
"Indeed, the US side requested a conversation with President Putin, and the talks of the two presidents are planned to take place tomorrow in the evening," he said.
"The request was preceded by a letter from the US side," he said.
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan hinted at the possibility of a phone talk earlier on Friday, adding that he had nothing to announce at this point.
A senior US administration official confirmed to AFP that the conversation was scheduled for Saturday.
"Russia proposed a call Monday. We counter-proposed Saturday, and they accepted," the agency reported.
The US president’s official schedule for the weekend makes no mention of the Russian-US talks, however. The White House has so far failed to respond to a request for a comment from TASS.
The last time Putin and Biden held a phone conversation was at the end of last year. Before that, on December 7, they held a video conference. The first face-to-face meeting of Putin and Biden as the heads of state took place in Geneva in June 2021.