Kremlin says no contact between US-Russia ties

Kremlin says no contact between US-Russia ties

Putin spokesman said there was no contact between the US and Russia.

Russia and the US are currently not connected, according to a spokesman for the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, amid Moscow's military operation in Ukraine.

The presidents of both countries, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, last spoke almost two weeks before the launch of the Russian offensive. Russia has become the most sanctioned country in the world due to the restrictions imposed by the US and its allies.

Peskov said he can't say that now, because he was responding to RIA Novosti's question on whether there is any contact between the Russian and US governments. All of the contacts are virtually unavoidable. On Wednesday, the ambassador-at-large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Grigory Mashkov, said that while it had already been difficult to work with the US before February 24, after the launch of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, the possibilities for compromises were reduced, if not to zero, then to a minimum. Russian deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Wednesday that Washington s arming Ukraine with heavier weapons increases the risk of direct US-Russia confrontation, regardless of America's statements about mitigating the risks.

In the last three months, Biden has accused Putin of genocide, calling him a war criminal. Moscow accuses the US of fueling the conflict in Ukraine and inciting Russophobia around the world.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, after Ukraine failed to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied that it was planning to retake the two republics by force.