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Biden: It's time for de-escalation in relations with Russia

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, called for reducing the tension in Russian-American relations. He said this during a speech on issues related to Russia. The broadcast is hosted by the White House.

"Now is the time for de-escalation [in US-Russia relations]. The way forward is through thoughtful dialogue and a diplomatic process, and the United States stands ready to move constructively toward that process. My main idea is that it is in the interests of the United States to work together with Russia, we must and we will [cooperate], " the American leader said.

At the same time, Biden added that if Russia's actions are directed against the interests of the United States, the American side will "respond".

On April 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden had a telephone conversation. The Heads of State discussed a number of regional and global issues, including the countries ' desire to continue the dialogue on strategic stability.

During the talks, Biden suggested that his Russian counterpart hold a meeting in a neutral country.

On April 15, Biden signed a decree imposing sanctions on Russia. The sanctions were imposed on 16 organizations and 16 individuals allegedly associated with the alleged Russian interference in the US elections. The US is also expelling 10 Russian diplomats. In addition, the US Treasury banned companies from buying up Russian government debt from the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Finance, and the National Welfare Fund.

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