Biden proposes summit in phone call with Putin as Russian military builds presence on Ukraine border

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a gathering with leaders of the country's governmental parties represented successful the little location of parliament via a video league telephone astatine Novo-Ogaryovo authorities residence extracurricular Moscow, Russia February 17, 2021.

Mikhail Klimentyev | Sputnik | Reuters

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden projected a acme with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephone telephone betwixt the 2 leaders, the White House said Tuesday.

Biden projected holding the acme "in the coming months," said a readout of the telephone provided by the administration.

The call, astatine slightest the 2nd betwixt the 2 men since Biden took bureau successful January, comes arsenic the United States and different occidental countries turn weary of Russia's budding unit beingness on its borderline with Ukraine.

In a little summary of the conversation, the White House said the 2 discussed "a fig of determination and planetary issues."

Biden projected holding a acme determination extracurricular the U.S. and Russia "to sermon the afloat scope of issues facing" the countries.

The readout did not bespeak whether Putin agreed to the acme oregon however helium received the proposal. The Russian embassy successful Washington did not instantly instrumentality a petition for comment.

Other topics broached during the speech included Russia's alleged interference successful American elections and cyber attacks connected U.S. institutions.

Biden besides raised concerns astir the caller Russian subject build-up adjacent Ukraine and successful Crimea, which Russia claims arsenic its ain and the U.S. and Ukraine presumption arsenic occupied territory.

"President Biden emphasized the United States' unwavering committedness to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," the White House said.

There is nary notation successful the White House readout of immoderate treatment of jailed Kremlin professional Alexei Navalny. Navalny's representatives person said the Putin foe, who was poisoned with the nervus cause Novichok in August, is successful failing health.

The Biden medication has alleged that the Russian authorities was down the poisoning and sanctioned 7 Russian officials past month implicit the attack. Putin has denied playing a role.

During the archetypal post-inauguration telephone telephone betwixt Biden and Putin, successful January, Biden brought up Navalny and "did not clasp back," White House property caput Jen Psaki said astatine the time.

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In caller weeks, Moscow has accrued its subject beingness on the Ukrainian border, sparking concerns successful the West of a budding subject struggle betwixt the 2 neighboring countries.

The Russian Defense Ministry has said it is conducting much than 4,000 subject drills this month to inspect the readiness of its forces.

Last month, the Ukrainian authorities said 4 of its soldiers were killed by Russian shelling successful Donbass. Moscow has denied it has forces successful eastbound Ukraine. Since 2014, Kyiv has been battling Russian-backed separatists successful a struggle that has near astatine slightest 13,000 radical dead, according to U.N. figures.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday that Moscow volition determination its forces crossed Russian territory astatine its discretion and called the escalating tensions "unprecedented." He besides suggested that Ukraine was connected the brink of civilian war, which would endanger Russia's security.

"The Kremlin has fears that a civilian warfare could resume successful Ukraine. And if a civilian war, a full-scale subject action, resumes adjacent our borders that would endanger the Russian Federation's security," Peskov said, according to the Associated Press. "The ongoing escalation of tensions is rather unprecedented."

Putin accused Ukraine of resuming "dangerous provocative actions" connected a telephone Friday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to a readout from the Kremlin.

The Kremlin has antecedently said that it is acrophobic astir the rising tensions successful eastbound Ukraine and that it feared Kyiv's forces were attempting to restart a conflict.