Putin tells Biden in first phone talks that normalization of Russian-US relations would benefit everyone

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden held their first phone call on Tuesday, discussing options to prolong the New START treaty, cooperation in battling Covid-19, and the normalization of bilateral relations.

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The Tuesday talks apparently centered on some of the sticking points of the Russian-American relations, including the renewal of dialogue on nuclear nonproliferation.

Moscow and Washington have exchanged diplomatic notes on prolonging the New START treaty earlier in the day, the summary of the call published on the Kremlin’s website has revealed. The presidents have expressed their satisfaction with the progress, it noted. 

The New START (New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), which obliges Russia and the US to reduce the number of their strategic nuclear missile launchers by half, expires in February. The Donald Trump administration had shown no willingness to prolong the agreement without preconditions, a stance that appears to have changed under Biden.

In the Tuesday call, Putin also congratulated Biden with taking up the job at the White House, the Kremlin said.

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