Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he saw the potential to work with the United States on a range of issues from arms control to energy, and that he had established a solid working relationship with President Joe Biden.
Addressing an energy conference attended by top executives from Exxon Mobil and other oil companies, Putin was largely silent on a number of controversies that have driven ties since the Cold War, focusing on the fence’s ability to improve. Choosing instead to focus.
He said Russia stood ready for a constructive dialogue on arms control, and that the two sides also had “objective mutual interests” in fighting terrorism and money laundering, combating tax havens and stabilizing energy markets.
Putin said, “These … will certainly lead one way or another to the repair of our relationship, and the American political establishment will stop speculating on US-Russian relations to the detriment of its own interests and those of its companies.” Will give.” On US sanctions, he said Exxon Mobil had abandoned lucrative contracts in Russia.
He said relations with Biden and his administration were stable and constructive.
Biden this week sent a top Russian expert, Under-Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, to Moscow for talks that failed to consistently make significant progress on the size and functioning of the two countries’ embassies in each other’s capitals.
Nuland said on Wednesday he had fruitful talks with Kremlin officials and that the United States was committed to maintaining a “stable, predictable relationship” with Russia.
Relations are severely strained over several issues, including Russia-launched cyber attacks against American businesses and the prison of Putin’s most prominent domestic rival, Alexei Navalny.
Biden and Putin held a summit in Geneva in June, when the US president said Washington would explore in the next six months to a year whether it was possible to establish a meaningful strategic dialogue with Moscow.
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