Putin sends condolence note to Biden over Kentucky victims, sets up talks

19:29, 12 December 2021
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The Moscow Kremlin has published the letter Russian President Putin sent to his American counterpart Joe Biden after a disastrous tornado took the lives of at least 94 US citizens in Kentucky adding that the leaders agreed to hold a meeting to discuss a tense situation with Ukraine.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin sent on Sunday a telegram to US President Joe Biden in which he expressed his condolences about the recent Kentucky catastrophe where a tornado had killed around 100 residents and destroyed dozens of buildings.

The letter, entitled “To Joseph Biden, the President of the United States of America”, was released on the Kremlin’s official website.

“Dear mister President,

Please have my sincere condolences in relation to the tragic aftermath of the tornado which fell upon Kentucky and several other states of the US.

Russia shares the grief of those who lost their relatives or friends to this disaster. We sincerely wish a speedy recovery to all those injured and hope that you will quickly overcome the consequences of this force of nature.”

In another announcement, Putin’s administration unveiled that the Presidents of Russia and the US agreed to hold another round of negotiations amid border tensions with neighboring Ukraine. The talks are expected to be held in person, though it is not yet sure. However, it has not been mentioned when the meeting is bound to take place.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview to Russian TV channel Rossiya 1 that the head of state had few grounds for optimism adding that Russia’s troops in the East were located far enough from Ukrainian borders.

“What we deal with is an increase in info-pressure which is done to further demonize Russia and present it as a potential aggressor,” the spokesman said.

Peskov also stressed that any country which imposes sanctions on Russia will suffer from it itself.

The upcoming negotiations come days after Putin and Biden discussed the Russia-Ukraine conflict via a video conference on December 7. Biden warned his counterpart that Russia will face serious consequences if it invades Ukraine while Putin accused NATO of making a military build-up in the country.