Russia ready for further dialogue if US is willing: Putin
Published : Thursday, 17 June, 2021 at 11:04 PM Count : 447
The Kremlin was guarded about future dialogue with Washington on Thursday, a day after the first face-to-face meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US counterpart Joe Biden.
The two leaders met in Geneva on Wednesday to ease soaring tensions between Moscow and Washington, with relations at their lowest since the end of the Cold War.
Putin said Russia was ready to continue the talks provided Washington was also willing to do so.
“We are ready to continue this dialogue to the same extent as the American side is,” Putin said in televised remarks.
The Russian leader said the meeting was “quite friendly” and that he and Biden “were able to understand each other on key issues”.
Putin said the US president was a “professional” and “you have to be very attentive when working with him so as not to miss something”.
“So what that he sometimes confuses things,” Putin said.
“His press secretary is a young, educated, beautiful woman — she herself constantly confuses things,” Putin said, referring to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
“It is not because she is poorly educated or has a bad memory, just when people think that some things are secondary they don’t focus too much attention on them,” he said.
Putin said “Americans think that nothing is more important than themselves”.