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Biden-Putin dispute as tensions rise on Ukraine border

President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin of Russia commented on the Russian military buildup near the Ukraine border on Tuesday, the US President eager to use his video call with Putin to make the announcement that Moscow will face economic sanctions if it invades its neighbour. Just hours before the call was made, Ukrainian officials accused Russia of continuing to escalate the crisis by sending tanks and snipers to war-torn eastern Ukraine to “incite firing.” pay”. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry alleges that Russia is organizing “training camps under the leadership of regular servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces”. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on the allegations, referring the question to the Russian Defense Ministry, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment. each other at the beginning of a long conversation. “I salute you, Mr. President,” Putin said, speaking with the Russian flag behind and a video screen showing Biden in front of him. “Nice to meet you again! Biden chuckled. He then quickly noted Putin’s absence from the recent Group of 20 summit in Rome. Russians joined the big meeting of industrialized nations by video link only because of concerns about COVID-19 in their homeland. “Unfortunately, we didn’t meet at the G-20 last time,” Biden said. “I hope next time we meet to do it in person.” Mr. Biden aimed to make clear that his administration is willing to take actions against the Kremlin that would exactly be “a very real cost” to the Russian economy, according to White House officials. For his part, Putin is expected to ask Biden to ensure that the NATO military alliance will never expand to include Ukraine, which has long sought membership. That’s a no-no for the Americans and their NATO allies.

President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin of Russia commented on the Russian military buildup near the Ukraine border on Tuesday, the US President eager to use his video call with Putin to make the announcement that Moscow will face economic sanctions if it invades its neighbour.

Just hours before the call was made, Ukrainian officials accused Russia of continuing to escalate the crisis by sending tanks and snipers to war-torn eastern Ukraine to “incite firing.” pay”. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry alleges that Russia is organizing “training camps under the leadership of regular servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces”. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on the allegations, referring the question to the Russian Defense Ministry, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In a short excerpt from the start of the meeting broadcast by Russian state television, the two leaders exchanged friendly greetings at the start of a lengthy conversation.

“I salute you, Mr. President,” Putin said, speaking with the Russian flag behind and a video screen showing Biden in front of him.

“Nice to meet you!” Biden chuckled in response. He then quickly noted Putin’s absence from the recent Group of 20 summit in Rome. The Russians joined the massive gathering of industrialized nations by video link simply because of concerns about COVID-19 back home.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t meet at the G-20 last time,” Biden said. “I hope next time we meet to do it in person.”

Biden aimed to make clear that his administration is willing to take actions against the Kremlin that would be exactly “a very real cost” to the Russian economy, according to White House officials. For his part, Putin is expected to ask Biden to ensure that NATO military alliance will never expand to include Ukraine, which has long sought membership. That’s a no-no for the Americans and their NATO allies.

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