Biden Agrees to Hold a Summit with Putin

U.S. President Joe Biden has agreed to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the crisis over Ukraine. 

The White House said that the meeting proposed by France would take place only if Russia did not plan to invade its neighbor’s territory. 

However, The Kremlin said no “concrete plans” for a summit. 

The announcement of the summit has brought hope to Europe in mitigating one of the worst crises that it is suffering. 

U.S. officials say that intelligence reveals that Russia is ready to launch a military operation. However, Moscow denies it.

The French presidency announced the proposed summit after two phone calls between Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin, which lasted for about three hours.

The second call took place on early Monday Moscow time and followed a 15-minute conversation Mr. Macron had with Mr. Biden. 

Mr. Macro’s office said details of the possible summit shall be discussed during a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday. 

As per the U.S.’s observations, Russia has garnered more than 150,000 troops near Ukraine’s border. 

Maxar, the U.S. Company, said that new satellite imagery showed various new field deployments of armored equipment and troops from Russian garrisons near the border with Ukraine, which indicates a robust military presence and readiness. 

Blinken mentioned that the extension of the exercises in Belarus, which borders Ukraine to the North, makes him worried since Russia was on the brink of an attack. 

Belarus said Russian troops would go home from the exercises when there was “an objective need,” the Interfax news agency informed. 

The United States has raised concern in a letter to U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, “further Russian invasion of Ukraine may create a human rights catastrophe,” which can also include the killing of opponents. 

Putin has been asking for assurance that NATO will not admit Ukraine, a former Soviet State with close ties to Russia. In contrast, the Western alliance refuses to pose any danger to Russia. 

The air is heavy with fear that Russian military interference could begin a war more ruthless than the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which claimed 14,000 lives.