Biden-Putin talks set for Tuesday amid tension in Ukraine – Channels Television

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In this file, a combination of images created on March 17, 2021 shows US President Joe Biden (left) during remarks on the implementation of the US bailout in the White House State Dining Room in Washington, DC, March 15, 2021, and Russian President Vladimir Putin as he and his Turkish counterpart hold a joint press statement following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 5, 2020.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden are due to meet by video conference on Tuesday, the Kremlin said, as tensions rise over Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the conversation will take place in the evening, Russian time, and the two leaders will determine the duration, according to Russian news agencies.

Biden said on Friday he would make it “very, very difficult” for Russia to launch an invasion of Ukraine, which has warned that a full-scale attack could be scheduled for next month.

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Washington and Kiev claim Moscow has massed troops near Ukraine’s borders and accuse Russia of planning an invasion.

Russia has denied any bellicose intentions and accused the West of provocation, notably with military exercises in the Black Sea, which it considers to be part of its sphere of influence.

Biden and Putin had been expected since Friday to hold a video call.

Biden told reporters in Washington that he was putting in place “the most comprehensive and meaningful set of initiatives to make it very, very difficult for Mr. Putin to move forward and do what the people fear it will “.

Moscow took Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and has since supported separatists fighting Kiev in the east of the country. The conflict has claimed more than 13,000 lives.

Meanwhile, Moscow wants to see the end of NATO’s eastward expansion, after much of Eastern Europe joined the alliance after the collapse of the Soviet Union. .

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday called on his American counterpart Antony Blinken to provide “security guarantees” that NATO would not move closer to Russia’s borders.

Despite increased contact between the two rivals since Putin and Biden first met at a summit in Geneva in June, tensions remain high.

In addition to the Ukrainian conflict, Russia and the United States continue to fight over cyber attacks and the staffing of their embassies, after several waves of diplomatic expulsions.

AFP

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