US President Joe Biden, in his first phone call with Vladimir Putin, expressed concern over the poison of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and Russian “aggression” against Ukraine with the Kremlin leader ever since he is taking office, the White House said on Tuesday said.
White House press secretary Jane Saki told reporters that Biden discussed “our desire to expand” with Putin for five years.
He also said “our strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty in the face of Russia’s continued aggression”, said Saki.
Biden raised other “concerns”, including the Solar Winds hack, Russia’s report of having a bounty on United States troops in Afghanistan, interference with the 2020 election, toxicity of Alexei Navalny and treatment of peaceful protesters by Russian security forces. “
Sasaki said that Biden’s intention was also to “make it clear that the United States will act strongly in defense of our national interests in response to blasphemous actions by Russia.”
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