UPDATED 5:48 PM PT – Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Russian President Vladimir Putin is praising Joe Biden for maintaining constructive ties between Washington and Moscow.
Speaking at an economic forum in Moscow on Wednesday, Putin said he’s had “stable and working” contacts with Biden. He added he’s currently holding talks with U.S. diplomats to extend communication with Biden. Earlier in the year, Biden dropped sanctions on Russian-German pipeline Nord Stream 2.
Putin also said he’s open to working with Biden on arms control and terrorism.
“In my opinion, President Biden and I have rather stable working relations. The U.S. under secretary of state is currently in Moscow. We discuss. She is holding talks with her Russian counterparts to discuss the issues of our further contacts with President Biden,” stated Putin. “So, we have quite constructive relations with the current U.S. administration.”
I look forward to visiting Moscow, Beirut, and London October 11-15 to discuss the full range of bilateral, regional, and global issues. https://t.co/CbGJC3n1fS
— Under Secretary Victoria Nuland (@UnderSecStateP) October 8, 2021
Putin also warned his international partners against spreading, what he calls, “politically motivated gossip” and called for better relations overall.