The National Security Council directed officials to put the package together, as Washington grew increasingly concerned over a massive Russian military buildup near the border with Ukraine and in the Crimean Peninsula, according to three of the people, who like the others asked not to be named in order to speak candidly about internal discussions. Officials at the State Department and Pentagon worked to assemble the proposal.
But officials on the National Security Council ended up putting the proposal on hold after Russia announced it would draw down troops stationed near Ukraine and in the lead-up to President Joe Biden’s high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Key items under consideration for the package include short-range air defense systems, small arms and more anti-tank weapons, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions.
The meeting of U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin took place on June 16 in Geneva.
The summit consisted of three parts. Ukraine was expected to be one of the topics of talks between the American and Russian leaders. The U.S. delegation included U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Kremlin noted that communication will be conditionally divided into three parts: in a narrow format (in the presence of Lavrov and Blinken), in an expanded format, and after a break for tea and coffee - the continuation of negotiations. In total, taking into account the breaks, the talks lasted four to five hours.
Russian President Vladimir Putin held a press conference, during which he stated that, the talks with US leader Joe Biden “quite constructive.”