Kremlin Calls U.S.-Russia Ties ‘Lamentable’ on Eve of Putin-Biden Call

MOSCOW (Reuters) -
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R.) shakes hands with then-Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in Moscow in 2011. (REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin/File Photo)

The Kremlin on Monday described the state of U.S.-Russia relations as “lamentable” on the eve of a video call between President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden where the two are set to discuss the tense situation in Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said NATO and long-term guarantees of Russia’s security from the West, which Putin has said Moscow needs, would also be in focus on Tuesday’s call.