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Kremlin, welcoming Biden’s willingness to talk, says Putin wants to negotiate – Metro US

Kremlin, welcoming Biden’s willingness to talk, says Putin wants to negotiate

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Biden travels to Virginia from the
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Biden travels to Virginia from the White House in Washington

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was in favour of negotiations and diplomacy over tensions around Ukraine and that Moscow views U.S. President Joe Biden’s willingness to talk as a positive sign.

The Kremlin welcomed Biden’s direct appeal to Russian citizens, but said it would be even better if he had urged Ukrainian people to stop shooting at each other.

Moscow casts the conflict in east Ukraine as a civil war, but Ukraine and the West say Russia helps the separatists with its own ground forces, something Moscow denies.

(Reporting by Dmitry Antonov; Writing by Alexander Marrow)

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