The Kremlin said on Monday it was “premature” to discuss a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden amid escalating clashes in eastern Ukraine.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s office said earlier that Putin and Biden had agreed to the summit “in principle”, with the White House adding Biden’s condition that Russia not invade Ukraine.
“It is premature to talk about specific plans for the organization of any type of summits,Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
Peskov added that no “concrete plan” had been put in place for a meeting.
The White House was particularly cautious about the prospect of Biden-Putin talks.
Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Sunday that Biden had agreed to meet with Putin after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s February 24 talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and until Russian troops come in. Ukraine.
An unnamed senior administration official told AFP: “The timing is still to be determined. The format is still to be determined, so it’s all completely fictional.”
The possible breakthrough came as Washington warned of an imminent invasion and Ukraine and Russia blamed each other for increased bombardment on the frontline separating Kiev’s forces from Moscow-backed separatists.
Ukraine’s foreign minister hailed France’s initiative for a summit between Biden and Putin, saying Kiev hoped it would lead to Moscow withdrawing its troops.
AFP contributed reporting.