Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting outside Moscow on July 2, 2020, after voters approved reforms allowing him to extend his rule until 2036. | Alexei Druzhnin/Sputnik/AFP/Getty Images
“Finally we have a president who will confront Putin on the real issues at hand,” an expert told Vox.
President Joe Biden had his first call with Russian President Vladimir Putin since taking office — and he immediately brought up several major points of contention between the US and Russia that his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, notoriously refused to address.
During a briefing on Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki provided a summary of the afternoon call between the two leaders. Based on the litany of topics she relayed, it sounds like Biden took Putin to task in what was surely an uncomfortable conversation.
Biden pressed Putin on the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, which many suspect was an assassination…