As TuskerDaily reported earlier, President Joe Biden held a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but why were the US and Russia summaries of that call so different? So What Did Biden Tell Putin?
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated there would be a readout of the call later but that the president raised a number of issues with Mr. Putin.
Including the poising of Alexei Navalny and treatment of protesters since his arrest, protecting the sovereignty of Ukraine, Russian interference in the 2020 election, the SolarWinds hack, and bounties on U.S. military serving in Afghanistan.
While the summary of the conversation provided on the White House website made it appear that Joe Biden called out Putin on a number of issues during his conversation.
This contrasts with the summary the Kremlin provided which shows this wasn’t the case, as they reported the conversation between the two leaders was far more conciliatory.
According to Psaki and the White House:
- Biden reaffirmed the US’ “firm support for Ukraine’s sovereignty,”
- Brought up the situation with Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny.
- Discussed the SolarWinds hack.
- Mentioned the alleged “interference in the 2020 United States election,”
- And according to their summary, Joe Biden even brought up the unfounded allegations of “Russia placing bounties on United States soldiers in Afghanistan.”
Below is the official White House summary of Biden’s phone call to Putin:
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. They discussed both countries’ willingness to extend New START for five years, agreeing to have their teams work urgently to complete the extension by February 5. They also agreed to explore strategic stability discussions on a range of arms control and emerging security issues. President Biden reaffirmed the United States’ firm support for Ukraine’s sovereignty. He also raised other matters of concern, including the SolarWinds hack, reports of Russia placing bounties on United States soldiers in Afghanistan, interference in the 2020 United States election, and the poisoning of Aleksey Navalny. President Biden made clear that the United States will act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to actions by Russia that harm us or our allies. The two presidents agreed to maintain transparent and consistent communication going forward.
Now here is the Kremlin’s summary of the same phone call:
Telephone conversation with US President Joseph Biden
Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with the President of the United States of America, Joseph Biden.
January 26, 2021, 21:35
Vladimir Putin congratulated Joseph Biden on the beginning of his work as President of the United States. He noted that the normalization of relations between Russia and the United States would meet the interests of both countries and – taking into account their special responsibility for maintaining security and stability in the world – of the entire international community.
The Presidents expressed satisfaction in connection with the exchange of diplomatic notes carried out today on reaching an agreement on the extension of the Treaty on Strategic Offensive Arms. In the coming days, the parties will complete all the necessary procedures to ensure the further functioning of this important international legal mechanism for the mutual limitation of nuclear missile arsenals.
Topical issues of the bilateral and international agenda were discussed. Opportunities for cooperation in combating such an acute problem as the coronavirus pandemic, as well as in other areas, including trade and economic, were considered.
Among the international topics were the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Open Skies Treaty, the problem of preserving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program, internal Ukrainian settlement, as well as the Russian initiative to hold a summit of permanent members of the UN Security Council.
On the whole, the conversation between the leaders of Russia and the United States was of a businesslike and frank nature. It was agreed to maintain contacts.
So, What Did President Joe Biden Tell Putin?
Of course, Russia could be lying.
But in light of how egregiously different Rep. Adam Schiff and the Democrats’ summation of President Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky was from reality, which, as you know led to the Democrats first impeachment of Trump.
Republicans should demand that the full and complete transcript of Joe Biden’s phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin be released immediately.
After all, Joe Biden has claimed that his administration will be openly transparent with the American people.
If that’s the case then he has nothing to hide, and it’ll show exactly what the two leaders discussed.