Jan, 27th 2021 – US President Joe Biden has warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin about election meddling in their first call as counterparts.
According to a statement from the White House, “President Biden made clear that the United States will act firmly in defence of its national interests in response to actions by Russia that harm us or our allies.”
The conversation included a discussion about the ongoing opposition protests in Russia and an extension of the last remaining US-Russia nuclear arms pact.
“They also agreed to explore strategic stability discussions on a range of arms control and emerging security issues,” the statement continued.
Mr. Putin congratulated the new US president on winning the election, according to a Russian statement. Both parties said they agreed to maintain contact moving forward. The conversation between the leaders of Russia and the United States was of a business-like and frank nature.
Biden later appeared at the White House to sign four executive orders aimed at addressing what he called US systemic racism.
He said, “This is the time to act and it’s to act because it’s what the core values of this nation call us to do. I believe the vast majority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents share these values and want us to act as well.”