U.S. President Joe Biden made a joke in response to a journalist’s question about the content of his conversation with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
“About you. He sends his best wishes,” Biden said.
Earlier, Biden and Putin spoke by phone about “problematic issues” in bilateral relations. The two leaders touched on U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, the SolarWinds hacking issue and reports of Russians allegedly offering bounties for the lives of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. They also expressed satisfaction with the exchange of notes on the extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-3).