“There you go,” Biden said moments later as he pressed a button to unmute himself.
“Hello! Ha, ha ha, ha, ha. Good to see you again,” Biden was finally able to reply.
“Good afternoon,” a smirking Putin said.
“I uh, unfortunately last time I — we didn’t get to see each other at the G20. I hope next time we meet, we do it in person,” Biden said.
After the call ended, the White House said Biden “voiced the deep concerns of the United States and our European Allies about Russia’s escalation of forces surrounding Ukraine and made clear that the U.S. and our allies would respond with strong economic and other measures in the event of military escalation.”
Biden “called for de-escalation and a return to diplomacy,” the statement said.
“The two presidents tasked their teams to follow up, and the U.S. will do so in close coordination with allies and partners. The presidents also discussed the U.S.-Russia dialogue on Strategic Stability, a separate dialogue