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The White House has announced that US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak via video call on Tuesday, as tension over Ukraine rise.

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It comes after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that Russia was planning a “large-scale” attack on Ukraine.

He did, however, add that he was unsure whether Mr. Putin had made a final decision to invade.

Russia has denied such a plan, accusing Ukraine of conducting its own troop buildup.

In a statement issued Saturday evening, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that  Mr. Biden will “underscore US concerns with Russian military activities on Ukraine’s border and reaffirm the United States’ support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” during his call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia has deployed armored vehicles, electronic warfare systems, and 94,000 troops along their shared border, according to Ukraine.

It is the most concentrated concentration of Russian forces on Russian soil since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

According to intelligence reports, Ukraine’s Defense Minister, Oleksii Reznikov, Moscow may launch a military offensive at the end of January.

The movement of Russian troops has strained already strained relations between Russia and the United States.

On Friday, Mr. Biden warned that he would make it “very, very difficult” for Mr. Putin to “go ahead and do what people are afraid he might do.”

The US and its European allies have discussed sanctioning Russia if it engages in aggressive behavior.

Despite the fact that Ukraine is not a member of NATO, it maintains close ties with the organization and has received Western weapons, including US Javelin anti-tank missiles.

Russian officials have denied any invasion plans, claiming that the border troops are only present for military drills.

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NATO has been accused by Moscow of being provocative by conducting drills in the Black Sea off the coast of Crimea.

Ukraine has also sent 125,000 troops to their shared border, according to Russia’s foreign ministry.

Kyiv has declined to comment on the allegation.

Due to the possibility of conflict, Britain’s top military officer warned this week that “we have to be on our guard” in the region.

General Sir Nick Carter said that while he “sincerely hoped” for no war with Russia, Nato would have to be prepared for the possibility.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine are nothing new.

Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and soon began funding a separatist insurgency in Ukraine’s east.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky recently sanctioned a powerful Putin ally and banned broadcasts from three pro-Russian television stations.

Presidents Biden and Putin met for the first time in person in June in Geneva.

Their last phone call, according to Reuters, was on July 9th.

 

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