Moscow reached out last week to request the call, according to US officials. Biden agreed but wanted first to prepare with his staff and speak with European allies, including the leaders of Britain, France, and Germany.
It paints a cold picture of how the US seeks to use its South-East Asian allies to contend with China and North Korea.
America’s departure from another arms-control treaty deals a heavy blow to its allies, and turns back the clock on multiple cold war achievements.
The US formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia on August 2, 2019 after accusing Moscow of violating the pact, a charge dismissed by the Kremlin.
"The United States will not remain a party to a treaty that is deliberately violated by Russia," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says of 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty.
Following in the footsteps of the US, Russia will abandon a nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so, President Vladimir Putin said.
Announcing the decision, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said that Washington still wanted to engage in arms control negotiations with Russia and hoped Moscow would come into compliance.
The United States is set to withdraw from the INF treaty on February 2, which could lower the threshold for accidental nuclear war, particularly with China in the mix.
Russian Foreign Ministry says US strategy gives "green light to the prospect of basing missile strike capabilities in space," which is confrontational.
US President Donald Trump says the US plans to leave a landmark nuclear weapons treaty with Moscow over claims Russia has violated the deal. Meanwhile, Moscow says US dreaming of "unipolar world".
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