US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked on the phone Tuesday and discussed the increased Russian troop deployment on the border with Ukraine and a potential summit in a third country. A White House statement said Biden “voiced our concerns over the sudden Russian military build-up in occupied Crimea and on Ukraine’s borders, and called on Russia to de-escalate tensions.” The statement added that the US would “act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to Russia’s actions, such as cyber intrusions and election interference.” Biden proposed meeting with his Russian counterpart in a third country, with the White House saying Biden wanted a “stable and predictable relationship” with Russia. The two leaders have met in person before, but only when Biden was vice president The Kremlin said “both sides expressed their readiness to continue dialogue on the most important areas of ensuring global security” in a statement. The statement also said Biden proposed a summit, but did not say if Putin agreed. The two presidents also discussed the Iran nuclear accord and the ongoing situation in Afghanistan . Ukraine in full focus Russia has moved thousands of combat-ready troops to its border with Ukraine… Read full this story
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