Russia Says Vladimir Putin «Will Respond In Kind» If US Ready For Talks.

Russia Says Vladimir Putin 'Will Respond In Kind' If US Ready For Talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin was one of the last global leaders to congratulate Joe Biden.

Moscow:

Russia is ready to set up a dialogue with the new Biden administration in which differences are expected to be aired, a Kremlin spokesman said on Sunday, adding that President Vladimir Putin would respond in kind to US willingness to talk.

Relations between Moscow and Washington have been at their lowest since the end of the Cold War, with the two sides at odds over Russia's role in Ukraine and allegations of its meddling in US elections, which it denies, among other issues.

The United States on Saturday also called on Russian authorities to release protesters and journalists detained at demonstrations supporting detained Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, and condemned what it called "harsh tactics" used against them.

Police detained more than 3,000 people and used force to break up rallies across Russia as tens of thousands braved bitter cold to join protests in support of Navalny.

"Of course, we count on success in setting up a dialogue," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying on TV by Interfax news agency.

"This will be the dialogue where, of course, differences will have to be stated to a greater extent, points of differences. But at the same time, a dialogue is a possibility to find some rational kernels, the little parts where our relations are getting closer," he said.

"And if the current US administration is ready for such an approach, I have no doubts that our president will respond in kind."

Putin was one of the last global leaders to congratulate Joe Biden on his victory in the US presidential election after the November 3 vote.

Newsbeep


One of the burning issues to be resolved by the two nuclear powers is the arms control treaty, known as New START, which is due to expire on February 5.

The White House said last week that Biden would seek a five-year extension to the deal, while the Kremlin requested concrete proposals from Washington.

Peskov also appeared to be using a more conciliatory tone on Sunday than the Russian foreign ministry, which a day earlier described Washington's public support for anti-Kremlin protesters as meddling in Russia's domestic affairs.

Peskov reiterated the point on Sunday, but softened it by using the words "indirect interference". At the same time, he said protests were illegal and protesters were far outnumbered by voters who supported Putin.

Washington was joined by the European Union and Britain in condemning the security forces' handling of Saturday's protests, and France's foreign minister on Sunday said the arrests were jeopardising the rule of law in Russia and called for sanctions.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Related news

New Zealand Issues Tsunami Evacuation Order After 7.

New Zealand emergency services ordered coastal communities across large swathes of the North Island to evacuate Friday amid fears a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake in the Pacific would generate a...

NDTV News

Amazon Opens First Check-Out Free Grocery Store In UK.

Amazon on Thursday launched its first "just walk out shopping" outlet outside the United States, as the online retail giant steps up its competition with traditional supermarkets and other retailers.

NDTV News

These Dr. Seuss books won't be published anymore

These Dr. Seuss books won't be published anymore

Six Dr. Seuss books won't be published anymore because they portray people in "hurtful and wrong" ways, the business that preserves the author's legacy said. #CNN #News

Biden announces new vaccination timeline, major partnership - WNT.

Biden announces new vaccination timeline, major partnership - WNT.

President Joe Biden announced a partnership between pharmaceutical giants Merck & Co. and Johnson & Johnson, adding that there would be enough vaccines for every adult in the U.S. by the end of May. | WNT WATCH THE FULL EPISODE OF 'WORLD NEWS TONI...

Cuba aims to produce its own Covid-19 vaccine

Cuba aims to produce its own Covid-19 vaccine

Cuba is attempting to make its own Covid-19 vaccine. CNN's Patrick Oppmann speaks to some of the scientists working on the potential breakthrough. #CNN #News #CNNi

Cardona Sworn In As Secretary Of Education - NBC News NOW.

Cardona Sworn In As Secretary Of Education - NBC News NOW.

Miguel Cardona was sworn in as secretary of education by Vice President Kamala Harris. » Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collection of innovative and powerful news brands that deliver compelling, diverse and en...

Supreme Court hears arguments in voting rights case out of Arizona.

Supreme Court hears arguments in voting rights case out of Arizona.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday took up a major voting rights case out of Arizona. The issue at hand is whether two state laws violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The decision could have an impact on other election laws under consider...

Ballot Watch: States target voting rights

Ballot Watch: States target voting rights

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer reports on the unprecedented wave of state election laws aimed at restricting voting rights after many states loosened restrictions in 2020 amid the pandemic. ABC News Live Prime, Weekdays at 7EST & 9EST WATCH the ABC News Li...