New U.S. President Joe Biden is not scheduled to have a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin yet. This was revealed by White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
“I have nothing to voice regarding such plans,” she said. She specified that Biden would have his first telephone conversation with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and that he would be followed by talks with “partners and allies.”
Psaki also refused to talk about Biden’s first foreign trips.
Earlier on January 21, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky invited Biden to visit Kiev. He expressed confidence that relations between the two countries would improve under the new US president and said that he would be happy to welcome Biden to the capital of Ukraine, which is very familiar to the US leader.
Joe Biden was inaugurated on January 20, becoming the 46th president of the United States. The ceremony was attended by outgoing Vice President Mike Pence, former Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and their spouses. The U.S. anthem was sung by Lady Gaga. Trump ignored the ceremony, breaking a 150-year tradition, and left Washington a few hours before the festivities.