Putin, Biden discuss cooperation over phone

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden exchanged views on bilateral ties and explored areas of possible cooperation during a telephonic conversation on Tuesday, the Kremlin said.

Putin and Biden thoroughly discussed the current state of Russian-US relations and some international issues during the phone call at the initiative of the US side, the Kremlin said in a press release, Xinhua news agency reported.

Biden confirmed a previously sent invitation asking Putin to take part in a climate summit, which will be held via video link on April 22-23.

Both sides expressed their readiness to continue dialogue on the most important areas of ensuring global security, which would meet the interests of not only Russia and the US, but the whole world as well.

Biden voiced interest in normalizing relations with Russia and establishing stable and predictable interaction on such acute problems as ensuring strategic stability, arms control, the Iranian nuclear program, the situation in Afghanistan, and global climate change.

To that end, the US president suggested considering the possibility of holding a summit with Putin in the foreseeable future.

While discussing the internal Ukrainian crisis, Putin outlined approaches to a political settlement of the tensions in the Donbass region based on the Minsk agreements.

The leaders agreed to instruct relevant departments to work on the issues raised during the telephone conversation.