Putin-Biden Summit Positive Step, But US Must Be Ready To Meet Russia Halfway

WASHINGTON, April 14 (Sputnik) - The summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden could be a positive step for bilateral relations, but Washington should be willing to meet Moscow halfway, Russian Public Affairs Committee (Ru-PAC) President Hunter Cawood told Sputnik on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Putin and Biden held a phone conversation to discuss bilateral ties during which the US president proposed holding a personal meeting in a third country in the near future. The call was initiated by Washington.

"I think the Biden administration’s proposal to hold a summit is a step in the right direction and could potentially be a positive development for US-Russia relations," Cawood said. "Dialogue and compromise is desperately needed right now, and if a summit takes place then the United States should be willing and ready to meet Russia halfway on a number of issues."

Cawood called on the White House to change its "absolutist position" on Ukraine and Crimea if the United States is serious in its commitment to resolve the conflict in Donbas and any issues it has with the status of Crimea.

"The United States should be looking to do the most good for the most people, and in the context of Ukraine, this means promoting a peaceful resolution where the people of Donbas and Crimea are able to determine their own future," he said.