Putin-Biden call has ended

Feb. 12, 2022
US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have spoken by phone on Saturday as tensions remain at boiling point over Ukraine.
According to a White House readout of the call, Biden warned Putin that the US and its allies would “respond decisively and impose swift and severe costs on Russia” in the event of an invasion, and that such military action would “diminish Russia’s standing” internationally.
Biden, who has thus far ruled out sending US troops to Ukraine, said that should diplomacy fail, America is “equally prepared for other scenarios.”
The Kremlin is yet to reveal any details of the conversation.
The call, which took place at the White House’s request, is the first between the two leaders since the end of December. It took place a day after US officials warned of an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine, and hours after Washington pulled its troops – 160 military advisers – from the country.
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Russia reveals details of Biden-Putin call

Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov has revealed details of the conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden shortly after the phone talks concluded on Saturday evening.
Speaking to reporters during a media briefing, Ushakov revealed that the talks were staged on Washington’s request with the US citing fears of an allegedly imminent ‘invasion’ of Ukraine by Russia. The Putin-Biden talks were originally scheduled to take place on Monday, the official added.
“The conversation came amid an atmosphere of unprecedented hysteria by US officials over Russia’s supposedly imminent ‘invasion’ of Ukraine,” Ushakov stated.
Putin has criticized Western efforts to militarize and “pump” Ukraine full of modern weaponry, and such policies effectively encourage Kiev to try and resolve the conflict in the country’s east by force, Ushakov noted.
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