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World Biden and Putin to hold call amid Ukraine tensions

21:39  04 december  2021
21:39  04 december  2021 Source:   bbc.com

"If the consequences of" NATO warns Moscow against an attack on Ukraine

 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Russia has warned against violence against Ukraine. The German government in solidarity with Ukraine. © Photo: Olivier Matthys / AP / dpa Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, speaking in Brussels at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. Russian troop movements on the border with Ukraine are continuing to violent tensions. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Moscow on Friday before an attack on Ukraine.

US President Joe Biden and Russia's Vladimir Putin will speak via video call on Tuesday, the Kremlin says, amid mounting tensions over Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden reportedly have not spoken since the summer © Reuters Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden reportedly have not spoken since the summer

It comes after Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US had evidence that Russia had made plans for a "large scale" attack on Ukraine.

He said it was unclear if Mr Putin had made a final decision to invade.

Russia has denied any such intention, and accused Ukraine of executing its own troop build-up.

Ukraine says Russia has deployed armoured vehicles, electronic warfare systems and 94,000 troops along their shared border.

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It is the largest massing of Russian forces on its borders since it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Citing intelligence reports, Ukraine's Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said Moscow could be planning a military offensive at the end of January.

The Russian troop movement has strained already tense relations between Russia and the US.

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On Friday, Mr Biden warned he would make it "very, very difficult" for Mr Putin to "go ahead and do what people are worried he may do".

The US and its European allies have discussed imposing sanctions on Russia if it takes aggressive action.

While Ukraine is not a Nato member, it has close ties with the bloc and has received Western weapons including US Javelin anti-tank missiles.

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  NATO, Russia spar as foreign ministers meet in Latvia Two-day meeting in Riga comes as concerns mount in Kyiv and Western capitals over Russian troop build-up near Ukraine.The United States-headed group has been concerned by Moscow’s massing of troops at the frontier with Ukraine in recent weeks, the second such build-up this year.

Russian officials have denied any plans for an invasion, and say the border troops are there for military exercises. Moscow has accused Nato of engaging in provocative behaviour by holding drills in the Black Sea, off Crimea.

This week Britain's most senior military officer said "we have to be on our guard" about the potential for conflict in the region.

Gen Sir Nick Carter told the BBC that he "distinctly hoped" there would not be a war with Russia, but added that Nato would have to be ready for that eventuality.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine are nothing new. In 2014 Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and soon after started to back a separatist insurgency in Ukraine's east.

More recently, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has imposed sanctions on a powerful friend of President Putin and banned broadcasts by three pro-Russian TV stations.

Presidents Biden and Putin held their only face-to-face talks in Geneva in June. Reuters reports that their last phone call was on 9 July.

  Biden and Putin to hold call amid Ukraine tensions © BBC

Biden speaks to Ukraine’s president amid Russia tensions .
US president also briefed NATO allies on talks with Vladimir Putin as efforts to ease tensions with Ukraine continue.Biden and Zelenskyy’s call on Thursday comes just days after the US president held a two-hour discussion with Vladimir Putin, urging the Russian leader to take the path of diplomacy to de-escalate the situation or face harsh economic sanctions.

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